- The Washington Times - Friday, September 8, 2000

'You want this job?'

After 23 years in the U.S. diplomatic service, Luigi R. Einaudi had no doubt about what he wanted to do in retirement. He took another diplomatic job.
Mr. Einaudi this week was officially installed as assistant secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS).
He is the first U.S. citizen to hold that post since the 1960s.
As he thanked family, friends and colleagues in a speech Wednesday, he recalled that a Canadian official was skeptical when he first learned Mr. Einaudi was interested in the position.
" 'Are you really sure you want that job and all of the frustrations it will bring you?' " he recalled the Canadian asking.
Mr. Einaudi did not hesitate in saying, "Yes."
For the troubleshooting envoy, assisting Secretary-General Cesar Gaviria in running the OAS should be no problem.
After Mr. Einaudi retired from the State Department in 1997, he took on some free-lance diplomacy as a special envoy to negotiate an end to a border conflict between Ecuador and Peru and to settle a maritime-boundary dispute between Honduras and Nicaragua.
Mr. Einaudi, who served as the U.S. ambassador to the OAS from 1989 to 1993, noted that he will get a great deal of help in his new position.
"There is more to the OAS than most people know," he said, citing several commissions that promote democracy and human rights and combat the drug trade.
Mr. Einaudi praised the OAS's Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, "which held high the torch of freedom during the dark years of dictatorship" in Central and South America.
He said the "opportunities before this hemisphere are enormous."
"Globalism has made multilateralism a necessity," he said.
"We all agree with that instinctively when we think of drugs and the problems that we have if we fail to cooperate effectively in any one country or situation.
"We know that the rules that our trade ministers are negotiating are the rules of multilateralism that apply across countries."
He warned that multilateralism "is as difficult as it is important."
"Why would there be so many hidden conflicts among states if the problems between them were easy to solve?" he asked.
"Why do poverty and injustice still mock our aspirations? Why is there so much mistrust among us when the common interests are so many and multiplying?"
He said that the "opportunities and challenges" will require "patience, trust, confidence and time."
Mr. Einaudi recalled that his mother used to say, " 'He who goes slowly goes well, but surely.' "

North Korean danger

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea remains worried about its Stalinist neighbor, North Korea, despite the recent warming in relations on the Korean Peninsula.
Ambassador Stephen Bosworth yesterday said South Korea and the United States must maintain a "strong, credible [military] deterrent against possible North Korean aggression."
"I suspect it will be some time before engagement can be a sufficient strategy by itself. It must still be bolstered by deterrence," he said in a speech in the South Korean capital, Seoul.
"It is important to recognize that at present, despite very encouraging developments in North Korea's policy toward the South and the outside world, the physical threat posed by its military has not diminished at all."
South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il held a landmark summit in June, the first time leaders from both Koreas met since the Korean War 50 years ago.
South Korea, however, is enthusiastic about the results of the summit.
The South Korean Embassy here called it a "critical turning point" in relations between the two Koreas.
"The historic, first-ever meeting between the political leaders of the South and North had enormous and positive impact on the previously stalled South-North dialogue process," the embassy said in its latest newsletter.
"Furthermore, the visit resulted in a formal communique between the two sides that set a clear and substantive direction for further efforts toward inter-Korean reconciliation and eventual national reunification."
South Korea is also opening a "liaison office" in North Korea to help families separated by the division of the peninsula.

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