Colin Roberts (diplomat)

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His Excellency
Colin Roberts
CVO
Governor of the Falkland Islands
Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Designate
Taking office
April 2014
Monarch Elizabeth II
Succeeding Nigel Haywood
Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory and the British Antarctic Territory
In office
23 June 2008 – 17 October 2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Leigh Turner
Succeeded by Peter Hayes
British Ambassador to Lithuania
In office
2004–2008
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Jeremy Hill
Succeeded by Simon Butt
Personal details
Born (1959-07-31) 31 July 1959 (age 54)
Spouse(s) Camilla
Children Oliver (b. 2002), Alexander (b.2004)

Colin Roberts CVO (born 31 July 1959)[1] is a British diplomat and Governor-designate of the Falkland Islands, due to take up office in April 2014.[2]

Since 2012 Roberts has served as Director of the FCO Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate.[2] He previously served as British Ambassador to Lithuania,[3] from 2004 to 2008, and Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory and the British Antarctic Territory from 2008 to 2012.[4] Roberts also held diplomatic service posts in Japan, Gibraltar and Ireland.[2] In 2010 The Guardian leaked cables relaying exchanges between Roberts and the US Political Counselor Richard Mills about the situation in the British Indian Ocean Territory in which Roberts refereed to the Chagos islanders (the former inhabitance of the BIOT) as "Man Fridays".[5]

In 2013 it was announced that Roberts had been appointed Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, to take up office in April 2014.[2] Alicia Castro, Argentina's ambassador to the United Kingdom, criticised Roberts's appointment as a "provocation" and said he was "not the person to encourage dialogue between nations".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colin Roberts, CVO". Debrett's. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Change of Governor of the Falklands Islands". gov.uk. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  3. ^ "FCO Daily Bulletin Wednesday 14 January 2004". http://www.gov-news.org. 2004-01-14. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  4. ^ "British Indian Ocean Territory". http://www.worldstatesmen.org. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  5. ^ Castro, Alicia (2 December 2010). "US embassy cables: Foreign Office does not regret evicting Chagos islanders". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Castro, Alicia (3 March 2014). "Britain's new 'governor of the Falkland islands' is a provocation". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2014.