- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2001

'Sacred place of peace'
The former U.S. ambassador to Kenya returned to Nairobi yesterday to help dedicate a memorial to the victims of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy on the third anniversary of the terrorist attack.
Prudence Bushnell called the black granite wall inscribed with the names of the 219 persons killed in the blast and a small memorial park "a sacred place of peace, a treasure for peace and friendship."
"Since I left you, I have traveled through shock, pain, despair and hope," said Mrs. Bushnell, now ambassador to Guatemala.
Johnnie Carson, the current U.S. ambassador to Kenya, said, "Terrorism can take a human life but cannot destroy the human spirit."
Twelve Americans were killed in the Aug. 7, 1998, bombing, which injured more than 5,000 persons. A bombing on the same day at the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania killed 11. Four men linked to Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden have been convicted of the Kenya bombing in a federal court in New York. Bin Laden is one of 22 suspects indicted in the bombings.
Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, who dedicated the monument, said the bombing proved "in a most crude and violent manner that peace is a fragile entity that should not be taken for granted."
In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said, "The families of the victims have suffered tremendously. We'll not forget the sacrifice that their loved ones made, and we remain fully committed to bring the perpetrators to justice."

Japanese confidence
The Japanese ambassador insists that his country is clawing its way out of a deep economic crisis and regaining confidence under a new reform-minded prime minister.
Ambassador Shunji Yanai said Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is revamping Japan's "listless economy and stagnant politics."
Mr. Yanai, himself, has become a victim of Mr. Koizumi's reforms. The prime minister held him responsible for past mismanagement in the foreign ministry and had him fired.
Mr. Yanai is spending his final days in the United States promoting Japan as a good investment for U.S. business.
"In spite of the fact that last week our stock market hit a 16-year low, what is happening in Japan is that the country is getting its confidence back," he told the National Governors Association on Monday.
He said Mr. Koizumi has "incredible popular support" even though he has promised tough economic reforms that "may well bring two or three years of hardship."
The prime minister has immediately addressed one of Japan's most serious economic problems by creating a "resolution and collection corporation" to try to collect an estimated $350 billion in bad bank loans, Mr. Yanai said.
"Because our economy has been so visibly weak, what many people haven't recognized is the change that is occurring beneath the surface," he said.
"I believe the greatest benefit of U.S. investment in Japan is not just economic. The greatest benefit is the contributions these investments make to Japan's structural reform and more liberalized thinking," Mr. Yanai added.
"U.S. investment is infusing Japan with new energy and a new outlook."

Ambassador separated
The Ugandan ambassador had been trying to divorce her husband long before he was arrested last week on check fraud charges in Massachusetts.
Ambassador Edith Ssempala told a Ugandan newspaper that the arrest of Patrick Ssempala should have no effect on her career because they had been separated since 1996, shortly after she became ambassador to the United States.
"Everybody in Kampala and Washington knows that we have not been together and my record is not questionable," she told the newspaper New Vision on a visit last week to the Ugandan capital.
"I'm to go on with my duties uninterrupted."
She said she has not been able to divorce her husband because of Uganda's strict laws.
Mr. Ssempala was arrested last week in Wellesley, Mass., and charged with check fraud, forgery and larceny. He is accused of altering a $125 check to make it appear to be worth $22,000.


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