- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Armitage nominated

The White House yesterday confirmed what has long been rumored in diplomatic circles by announcing that Richard Armitage is President Bush's choice for deputy secretary of state.
Mr. Armitage, a former Pentagon official, is also close to Secretary of State Colin Powell, who has called him a "brother" and a "friend of the heart."
Like Mr. Powell, Mr. Armitage is a Vietnam War veteran. He served three combat tours and speaks fluent Vietnamese.
Mr. Armitage, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served in the Defense Department under Mr. Bush's father, George Bush, and under President Ronald Reagan.

Danish perspective

Denmark's foreign minister will travel to Washington next month to give the Bush administration the Danish perspective on the expansion of NATO and the European Union and other issues, which may include a U.S. missile-defense shield.
Danish Ambassador Ulrik A. Federspiel yesterday said Foreign Minister Mogens Lykketost is scheduled to meet Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on March 5.
The foreign minister is expected to discuss Denmark's support for admitting Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia into NATO and for a further expansion of the European Union.
Mr. Federspiel told editors and reporters at The Washington Times that Denmark has not yet made a decision on whether to allow the use of a radar station in Greenland as part of the U.S. missile-defense system.
"We will make a final decision when we get a request from the U.S. for the use of the radar," he said.
Another likely issue will be plans for a European security force, which Mr. Federspiel insisted is not a European army that would not be in competition with NATO.
"A Euro-army would worry the Danes very much," he said, "but that is not the case."
The Europeans are discussing a plan that would involve 60,000 troops as part of a force to respond to emergencies that are too small for NATO, he said.
"It is not a European army. The idea and we recognize our limitations is not to have it separate from the United States," he said.
"Nobody is under the illusion it will be a completely separate force."

Goodbye to Chandra

Secretary of State Colin Powell bid farewell yesterday to Indian Ambassador Naresh Chandra, who is leaving Washington after nearly five years as his country's envoy to the United States.
They met for about half an hour and discussed "the current situation in South Asia, as well as some bilateral issues of concern," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.
He said they also discussed the possibility of a meeting between Mr. Powell and Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh "in the near future."

Focal point: Brazil

President Bush must recognize that Brazil is the key to stability in Latin America, according to a new report by the Council on Foreign Relations.
The report urged the Bush administration to move quickly to establish high-level dialogues with Brazil because of the approach of the Summit of the Americas in Canada in April.
It noted that a trade dispute between Brazil and Canada is "jeopardizing" Brazil's plans to attend the summit, which is expected to be Mr. Bush's first forum with leaders of the Western Hemisphere since becoming president.
"With growing fears regarding the international economy, with Colombia on the edge of further chaos, and the Summit of the Americas approaching in April and trade disputes between Brazil and Canada jeopardizing Brazil's participation, Latin America in general and Brazil in particular are coming to the forefront of U.S. policy challenges," the report said.
The United States needs to develop a Latin America policy around Brazil because it has become a "focal point" in the region, the report said.
The report recommended that Mr. Bush "move swiftly to establish a standing, high-level dialogue with Brazil on key issues ranging from drugs to trade to democratization to combating terrorism and transregional crime."
The full report is on the council's Web page (www.cfr.org/p/pubs/Brazil_TaskForce.html).

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