Who is Afif Safieh?

Afif Safieh was born in Jerusalem in 1950.

- Studied in Jerusalem at the "College Des Freres".

- In 1972, he obtained his licence in Political Science and International Relations from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

- In 1974, he finished his cycle superieur (3eme cycle) en Sciences Politiques from the Foundation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Paris.

- He was President of the Belgian section of the General Union of Palestinian Students from 1969 until 1971, then President of the French branch in 1974-1975.

- Between 1976 and 1978, he was deputy director of the Palestine Liberation Organisation Observer Mission to the United Nations, Geneva.

- Between 1978 and 1981, he was staff member in President Arafat's office in Beirut, in charge of European Affairs and UN institutions.

- Between 1981 and 1985, he was a researcher at the Centre for European Studies in the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

- Between 1985 and 1987, he was visiting scholar at the Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University.

- From 1987 until 1990, he was PLO representative to the Netherlands.

- Was involved in November-December 1988 in Stockholm negotiations that led to the official and direct American-Palestinian dialogue.

- Since September 1990, he is the Palestinian General Delegate to the United Kingdom.

- In January 1995, he was invited to join the International Board of Trustees of Bethlehem University, the Vatican-sponsored University in Palestine.

- Nominated Palestinian General Delegate to the Holy See, he presented his letter of credentials to His Holiness Pope John Paul II on November 6, 1995.

- Compilations of his articles have appeared in two books:

'Self determination', published by AI-Fajr printing press, Jerusalem, 1986 jointly with his wife Christ'l Leclercq).

'One People Too Many?', published in The Hague in 1987.