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Joan Harvey

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President of Malta to Speak at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Mediterranean Politics—the Art of the Impossible?

Madison, NJ (April 29)—The President of Malta, Guido de Marco, will speak at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Madison campus on Tuesday, May 14. His topic will be "Mediterranean Politics —the Art of the Impossible?"

Since his election to the House of Representatives in 1966 as a member of the Nationalist Party, de Marco has been returned to Parliament at every General Election. Appointed Secretary General of the Nationalist Party in 1972, he served in that capacity until 1977. He was elected Deputy Leader in 1977 and was uninterruptedly confirmed until his resignation in March 1999.

Following the Nationalist Party’s victory at the 1998 General Elections, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Malta and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He served in this capacity until his nomination to the Presidency and his subsequent election as President of Malta in April 1999.

In September 1990, de Marco was elected President of the United Nations General Assembly (45th Session). During this time he initiated a dialogue that later led to a presidential motion, unanimously approved, to revitalize the General Assembly and other aspects of reform necessary during a time of transition in international relations.

While serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1990 to 1996, one of his first acts was to submit Malta’s application for membership of the European Communities in Brussels. Stressing Malta’s European vocation, he also underlined the validity of the Mediterranean dimension.

The President of Malta comes to Fairleigh Dickinson through the United Nations Pathway Lecture Series presented by the Ambassador's Club at the United Nations. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. It will be held in Lenfell Hall at the Mansion on the Madison Campus. For further information please call 973-443-8661.

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