Rita De Bruyne, Belgium’s consul general in Atlanta since the fall of 1996, has been assigned deputy head of mission at her government’s embassy in Beijing.

Ms. De Bruyne, who will be leaving Atlanta on Saturday, June 26, also has been assigned to fill the position of minister counselor for political affairs.

During a telephone interview with GlobalFax last week, she said that she looked forward to returning to Asia where she has held posts in Hong Kong from 1982-84 and in Malaysia from 1990-94.

She plans to first return to Brussels for a briefing and then is to take a few weeks of vacation before assuming her new posts on August 1.

Until her departure, Ms. De Bruyne may be reached by calling (404) 659-2150; fax, (404) 659-8474.