- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 26, 2004

Brigadoon no more

Scotland is working overtime to modernize its image from a charming country of tartan, bagpipes, heather and whiskey, a Scottish official said on a visit to Washington.

“We are trying to refresh the way we talk about Scotland,” said John Elvidge, head of the Scottish civil service.

Scotland wants to encourage investment and highlight its computer industry, which has given the country the nickname “the Silicon Glen.”

Mr. Elvidge was in town last week to announce the expansion of the Scottish Affairs Office in the British Embassy. Stuart McLean, a second secretary, was brought over to help First SecretarySusan Stewart, especially in the promotion of National Tartan Day. The U.S. Senate in 1998 declared April 6 as Tartan Day to commemorate the Scottish-American heritage.

Also, Scotland will get a boost this week when Secretary of State Colin L. Powell receives a coat of arms to honor his Scottish ancestry.

Nuclear isolation

North Korea can cooperate with the international community over its nuclear programs or keep its atomic weapons and remain in isolation, according to the U.S. ambassador to South Korea.

“They cannot do both,” Ambassador Christopher Hill said last week at a meeting of defense analysts in the South Korean capital, Seoul.

Mr. Hill warned North Korea that the U.S. position will remain the same, regardless of the outcome of the November presidential election.

“There’s a consensus in the U.S. among all political elites that North Korea must get rid of its nuclear weapons,” Mr. Hill said. “There’s no toleration for North Korea to retain nuclear weapons.”

North Korea is delaying talks with the international negotiating team of China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• A delegation from the Negotiations Support Unit of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which consists of director Maen Areikat, deputy director Nisreen Haj Ahmed, Anwar Darkazally and Khalid El Gindy. They meet administration officials and members of Congress.

Tomorrow

• Robin Orr Blair, Scotland’s lord lyon king of arms, who presents Secretary of State Colin L. Powell a coat of arms to commemorate his Scottish heritage.

• Michael Haupl, mayor of Vienna, Austria, and Walter Nettig, president of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, who lead a 30-member delegation to promote investment in the Austrian capital.

• Richard Baker of Canada’s Timely Medical Alternatives Inc., who addresses the National Press Club at 10 a.m. on the problems in Canada’s national health service. He joins Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute, author of “Miracle Cure: How to Solve America’s Health Care Crisis and Why Canada Isn’t the Answer.”

Thursday

• Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, who meets Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to plan for a meeting between President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Chile in November.

• Hilde Frafjord Johnson, Norway’s minister of international development, who addresses the National Press Club at 3 p.m. to discuss prospects for peace in Sudan.

Friday

• Pakistani Commerce Minister Humayun Akhtar Khan, who addresses the Progressive Policy Institute.

• A delegation from the Dubai International Financial Center, consisting of Anis al Jallaf, chairman; Naser Nabulsi, chief executive officer; Omar bin Sulaiman, director-general; and David King, chief executive of the center’s financial-services authority. They will open a Washington office.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.

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