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Roza Otunbayeva served as the Former President of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Soviet Kyrgyzstan before being invited to Moscow as Chairwoman of the Soviet National Commission of UNESCO and as member of the Board of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. She has served as the Vice-President of the Executive Board of UNESCO (1989 – 1991).

After 1991, Ms. Otunbayeva returned to newly-independent Kyrgyzstan to become Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. She was the first Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States and Canada, and later as the first Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In the period from 2002-2004, Ms. Otunbayeva served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for the UN peacekeeping mission in Georgia. In July 1999, she returned to Kyrgyzstan to take a leading role in the country’s democratic movement. In 2007, she was elected to the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic with the Social Democratic Party (SDPK) and led the opposition faction in April 2010.

As a result of the April revolution in 2010, Ms. Otunbayeva went on to head government during its transition from authoritarian regime to parliamentary democracy. In June 2010, she was elected President of the Kyrgyz Republic and served in that post until successfully facilitating the first peaceful transfer of state power in Central Asia in December 2011.