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SOCIETY Magazin 358

MONGOLEI BOTSCHAFTER Now let’s move to more personal questions. Where did you go to diplomatic school? I got my diplomatic education in Moscow, at the Institute for International Relations, known as MGIMO. It is a highly qualified institute, where all the former socialist countries used to send their young people to study diplomacy and international relations in general. The language courses were and, I was told recently, are still very good. Why have you become a diplomat? I became interested in diplomacy because of my father was Mongolia’s first Permanent Representative to the United Nations and our first Ambassador to China. I was privileged to be with my family in New York for one and half years, then in Prague and Cairo. At that time I developed interest in diplomacy. Studying at MGIMO helped me to know more about diplomacy both in theory and in practical terms. Do you come from a family of diplomats? No, I am only a second generation diplomat. My grandfather was a fisherman and border guard at Buir lake, near the border with China. What do you do in your leisure time? 20 | SOCIETY 2_11 I am usually very busy, as we have a small embassy with a small staff. I am also bilateral Ambassador to Italy and Croatia. Like other ambassadors of small countries based in Vienna, I am also the CURRICULUM VITAE Dr. Jargalsaikhany Enkhsaikhan was born on 2 September 1950 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He is married and has six children – two sons and four daughters. He was educated at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and earned a PhD in 1979. From 1974 onwards he has been in service for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia. His posts abroad included the Mongolian Embassy in the USSR/Russian Federation (Minister Counsellor 1988-92) and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN (1996-2003). Between 1992 and 1993 he was Legal and Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Mongolia. He was also member of the President’s Commission to support the civil society and NGOs (2006-08). Since 2008 he serves as Ambassador to Austria, as well as Representative to the IAEA and UN in Vienna. Since 2009 he is also Permanent Representative to FAO and in 2010 he served as the President of the 54th General Conference of the IAEA. Ambassador Enkhsaikhan is the country’s coordinator and focal point of Mongolia’s nuclear-weapon-free status. He has translated several books on democracy and good governance into Mongolian and is holder of the Mongolian State Order of Polar Star. permanent representative to Vienna-based international organizations, including the IAEA and the OSCE. Therefore weekdays are packed with different representative work. On Saturdays I try to catch up with the rest of the work, especially the Embassy’s internal work. Sundays are for the family and recreation. Sometimes we go to the countryside. In summer time or in winter many friends and colleagues visit us. I try to be a good host and show them around in Vienna. I also try to visit cultural events; especially I am interested in fine arts and art history. Do you like the Austrian cuisine? Plachutta is one of my favourite restaurants. When I have guests from Mongolia, we usually go there to compare our cuisine with the Austrian meat dishes. I also like to go to Japanese restaurants, usually to Unkai at the Grand Hotel. Vienna is well known for having a rich variety of cuisines of different countries. Does your family also live in Vienna? I live with my wife and youngest daughter. We have six children. All of them are grown-up and lead separate lives. Only Ariun, the youngest daughter is with us. She goes to a bilingual school and learns German. Next year she will be graduating.

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