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Mr. Baltimore was ambassador to Oman from 2002 to 2006 after having served as consul-general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

He was a special assistant to Secretaries of State Cyrus Vance, Edmund Muskie and Alexander Haig in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Still victims

The chairman of a House human rights panel denounced violence against Gypsies in Europe as he praised Germany for erecting a monument last week to the past suffering of Gypsies.

Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel for recognizing the Nazi atrocities against Gypsies, also known as Roma, in World War II.

However, he said that violence against Gypsies continues in modern Europe.

“Just a month ago, a Romani camp near Marseilles [France] was burned by a mob,” said Mr. Smith, chairman of the congressional Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe. “While today provides an opportunity to remember the tragic genocide of Roma, those experiences should compel us to intensify our efforts to combat today’s bigotry and acts of violence.”

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