- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2000

'Roll of heroes'

The United States yesterday marked the second anniversary of the bombings of two American embassies in Africa, pledging to renew its resolve to bring the terrorists to justice.

"Time has not lessened our grief or our sense of loss," Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright told reporters in Washington.

U.S. ambassadors in Kenya and Tanzania pledged additional aid to help those countries rebuild from the bombings that killed 224 persons and wounded more than 5,000.

In New York, six suspects remain in custody awaiting trial, while the United States is seeking the extradition of three other suspects from Britain and searching for eight others, including Osama bin Laden, the Saudi dissident and suspected mastermind of the bombings.

Hundreds of State Department personnel yesterday observed a minute of silence as they stood outside the building while diplomatic security officers lowered the flag to half-staff at 10:38 a.m. The bombers struck at about 10:35 a.m. on Aug. 7, 1998, at the embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Mrs. Albright, speaking at the State Department daily press briefing, said, "Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of those, American and African, who were killed or seriously injured.

"We honor their memory, including those with whom we served, for their sacrifice came in the line of duty. They have joined the roll of heroes we will never forget."

"Today is a day for remembering but also for renewed resolve," she added.

"We are a target for terrorists," she said. "But as we have shown during the past two years, America will not be intimidated nor will we retreat from the world."

In Kenya, where 213 persons were killed and 5,000 injured, U.S. Ambassador Johnnie Carson pledged continued American assistance to help rebuild the area damaged by the car bomb.

The U.S. Agency for International Development delivered a check for $267,000 as a down payment to help purchase a new building for a business that was destroyed in the bombing.

In Tanzania, U.S. Ambassador Charles Stith unveiled a plaque inscribed with the names of the 11 persons who were killed and the 70 who were injured.

America hand

A new South Korean ambassador begins work today in Washington, but he is no stranger to the United States.
Ambassador Yang Sung-chul is an experienced America hand. He earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Kentucky in 1970 and a master's degree from the University of Hawaii in 1967.
He taught at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky until 1986. He was later a visiting professor at Northwestern University, Pembroke State University and Indiana University.
Mr. Yang served in the Korean parliament from 1996 until he took up his assignment here. He replaces Ambassador Lee Hong-koo.

Albright's next trip

Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright next week will travel to four countries in South America after attending the opening of the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
The State Department said she will visit Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador from Aug. 15 to Aug. 19.

Ben-Elisar recalled

A former Israeli ambassador to the United States yesterday became a diplomatic casualty of the failed Camp David summit.
Prime Minister Ehud Barak replaced Ambassador Eliyahu Ben-Elisar because he is a loyalist of former Foreign Minister David Levy.
Mr. Levy resigned from the government last week in protest of the concessions Mr. Barak offered to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at the summit last month.
Mr. Ben-Elisar was serving as ambassador to France when he was dismissed yesterday.
He was ambassador to the United States from October 1996 until September 1998, when he was replaced by Zalman Shoval. Both Mr. Ben-Elisar and Mr. Shoval were appointed by the conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Mr. Barak also replaced his ambassadors to Britain and South Africa, who were also allied with Mr. Levy.

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