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Amb. Warwick Morris Goes Back to London
Rounding Up Nearly Decade of His Ties With Seoul
British Ambassador to Seoul Warwick Morris Courtesy of Chosun

"Stimulating, Fascinating, and Enjoyable," British Ambassador to Seoul Warwick Morris summed up nearly a decade of diplomatic life in South Korea, according to a local daily Chosun Ilbo.

The top British envoy sounded quite content about the years he spent as a diplomat when he hosted a press conference at his residence in Seoul on Jan. 25, 2008.

Amb. Morris is scheduled to leave Seoul for London on Jan. 31, 2008, rounding up four years of his ambassadorial tenure in Seoul.

Becoming a diplomat in 1969, Amb. Morris served in South Korea three times; from 1977 to 1979, from 1988 to 1991, and from 2003 to present.

Prior to his first tenure in Seoul he came to Seoul in 1975 and studied the Korean language for two years. Two of his three children were born in Seoul.

He said that late President Park Chung-Hee died on Oct. 26, 1979, which was the last day of his first tenure in Seoul. He felt that he was leaving Seoul for London just as one important chapter of Korean history was closed.

In actuality, Amb. Morris was supposed to go back to
London early last year as his ambassadorial tenure was expired. But he asked for a one-year extention.

He said he felt that President-elect Lee Myung-Bak
would deregulate businesses, simplify administrative procedures, and reinforce English education.

He went on to say that South Korea would become a more successful and attractive nation, viewing from the suggestions of the President-elect Lee.

He pointed out that the Korean government needs to open more to the international law and education markets, as it stands as the world's 11th or 12th largest economy.

The British envoy said that it is surprising that Korea has no British schools yet. Even such Communist countries as China and Vietnam have British schools, he added.

Amb. Morris goes back to the British Foreign Ministry
and is expetcted to retire this summer as he turns

He said that he would still work in fields where he can
contribute to the development of Seoul and London.

For details or inquiries please contact the British Embassy in Seoul at 02-3210-5500.






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