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21 January, 1999
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His Excellency Anton D. Buteiko
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine in the United State of America

Dr. Anton Buteiko, born on April 6, 1947, in the Volyn region, Ukraine, was appointed as Ukraineís Ambassador to the USA in November 1998.

In 1974, Ambassador Anton Buteiko graduated from Kyiv State University, Department of International Law, and has a degree of Doctor of Law.

In 1974-1980, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and in 1980-1986 - for the United Nations Secretariat (New York). In 1986-1991, he was Counselor and Chief of the Legal and Treaty Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

As a member of the delegations of Ukraine and the former USSR, he took part in various international fora. He was elected and for several years has acted as Chairman of the Special Commission for the Establishment of the International Tribunal to deal with disputes relating to exploitation of the world oceanís resources.

In 1992, A. Buteiko was appointed as an Adviser to the President of Ukraine on Foreign Policy, Chief of the Presidentís Office for International Relations. At this post he was instrumental to establishment of a new diplomatic service, formation of the basis of foreign policy of independent Ukraine and its implementation.

Ambassador A. Buteiko began his active political career in 1994, when he won a seat in the Parliament of Ukraine. As a leader of the parliamentary group "Center", member of the Presidium of the Parliament and head of a subcommittee in the Finance and Banking Committee, he promoted market transformations of Ukraineís economy, strengthening democracy and the rule of law in Ukraine.

As a member of the Constitution Commission he headed the group of deputies, and was directly responsible for elaboration of several chapters of the draft Constitution of Ukraine and participated in its adoption by the Parliament during the famous "Constitutional night". He was the first to file a case and present the arguments before the newly established Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

Dr. A. Buteiko was the head of the parliamentary group to deal with the US Congress (American Caucus). He participated in various capacities in the meetings of the North-Atlantic Assembly, Parliamentary Assembly of West European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Dr. A. Buteiko was elected as Rapporteur of the Political Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE.

In October 1995, A. Buteiko was appointed the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. He was also the Representative of the Government of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, a co-chair of the Foreign Policy Committee Ukrainian-American Bi-national Commission.

He was awarded the orders of Ukraine and of several foreign states.

Dr. A. Buteiko speaks Ukrainian, English, French and Russian.

He is married and has a son.

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