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Thorvald Stoltenberg (Norway) Jan 1990 - Nov 1990

Mr Thorvald Stoltenberg, UN High Commissioner for Refugees January 1990-November 1990

Thorvald Stoltenberg was Norwegian foreign minister before his appointment as High Commissioner. His short term of office marked the beginning of UNHCR's increased involvement in large-scale United Nations peacebuilding operations. While High Commissioner, he oversaw several ongoing repatriation operations, particularly in Central America. He resigned in November 1990 to return to his previous position as Norwegian foreign minister. In May 1993, at the height of the Bosnian war, he returned to the United Nations as the Secretary-General's Special Representative to the Former Yugoslavia.