Srgjan Kerim

Mr Kerim ( Macedonian Срѓан Керим; born 12 December 1948 in Skopje) is a Macedonian politician and diplomat of Turkish descent.


Kerim studied from 1967 to 1971 at the University of Economics in Belgrade. In 1982 his doctorate. From 1986 to 1989 he was Minister for Economic Relations with other countries in the Government of the SR Macedonia. From 1989 to 1991 he was Secretary of State and spokesman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of SFR Yugoslavia.

Kerim was 1994-2000 Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia in Germany and 1995-2000 Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. He then served briefly as Special Envoy for Regional Affairs of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. In 2000 he took over the post of Foreign Minister of the Republic of Macedonia and joined in 2001 as ambassador to the United Nations in New York. This office he held until 2003. From 2003 to 2006 he was chairman of the German - Macedonian Business Association.

From 18 September 2007 to September 2008, he held the office of President of the UN General Assembly.

Kerim is married and has three children.


  • Basic features of Macedonian foreign relations and security policy, in: At the crossroads. Disaster or Normalization? The Yugoslav successor states in the 1990s, ed. v. Valeria Heuberger, 1999 ( ISBN 3-631-33091- X ), pp. 141-149


  • Grand Gold Medal with Ribbon for Services to the Republic of Austria (2008)
  • Special stage of the Grand Cross Pro Merito Melitensi of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (2008)
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2008)
  • Grand Cross with diamonds of the Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit (2008)
  • Great Federal Cross of Merit with Star and Sash (2008)