- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Ben-Elisar dies

A former Israeli ambassador to the United States was buried in Jerusalem yesterday, a week after he was dismissed from his position as Israeli ambassador to France.

Eliahu Ben-Elisar, ambassador here from 1996 to 1998, died Saturday of a heart attack in Paris.

Israeli President Moshe Katzav, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud leader Ariel Sharon were among the dignitaries who attended the funeral.

Mr. Ben-Elisar, a member of the conservative Likud party, was dismissed from his position in France because he was loyal to former Foreign Minister David Levy, who resigned from the government two weeks ago to protest concessions Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at the Camp David summit last month.

Mr. Ben-Elisar was Israel's first ambassador to Egypt. He also served in Israel's foreign intelligence service, the Mossad, and later in parliament.

He was born in Poland in 1932. Most of his family died in the Holocaust.

Relentless drug enemy

Mexican Ambassador Jesus Reyes-Heroles has praised the work of a Mexican-American commission on illegal drugs but has warned that the "enemy is tough and demands a relentless binational effort."

Mr. Reyes-Heroles attended last week's meeting of the Mexico-U.S. High-Level Contact Group on Drug Control in Mexico City, which was the last gathering of the commission under the administrations of President Clinton and Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo.

Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, director of the Office for National Drug Control Policy, and Jeffrey Davidow, U.S. ambassador to Mexico, led the American delegation.

"Much has been done, but the enemy is tough and demands a relentless binational effort," Mr. Reyes-Heroles said in a statement released by the Mexican Embassy.

The delegates assessed their efforts to reduce the demand for drugs, reviewed the effectiveness of money-laundering laws and reviewed both countries' efforts to combat drug smuggling.

"No other two countries have such a developed framework for cooperation," Mr. Reyes-Heroles said.

Diplomatic prince

The last news this column had on Haakon Magnus was a year ago when Norway's crown prince stopped in Washington to help establish the Norwegian congressional caucus.

Now Embassy Row hears that Prince Haakon will join the ranks of diplomacy.

The 27-year-old heir to the throne will take courses in English, Spanish and a diplomatic prerequisite the art of after-dinner speeches.

He told a news conference in Oslo yesterday that part of his schooling, along with 18 other diplomatic trainees, will include a trip to South Africa.

"I've also heard that we will be taught how to make after-dinner speeches. And that's good to learn," he said.

Prince Haakon may also learn how to avoid a diplomatic scandal such as the one he created earlier this year by conceding that his girlfriend has a son from a previous relationship with a man she did not marry.

Last year, he impressed Norwegian-American members of Congress with his easy manner at a Capitol lunch.

Prince Haakon, who had just graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, praised the caucus as a "forum that testifies to the enduring nature of the bonds between our two countries."

Tory in Los Angeles

Kim Campbell, the last conservative prime minister of Canada, is giving the Democratic National Convention a Tory view from north of the border.

Mrs. Campbell, one of Canada's shortest-serving prime ministers, took power in June 1993 and saw her party nearly swept from Parliament four months later. Her majority plummeted from 155 seats to two.

Mrs. Campbell, now Canada's consul general in Los Angeles, will appear on a panel discussion sponsored by the National Democratic Institute, which has invited 500 officials, including many Washington-based ambassadors, from 100 countries to attend the convention.

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