- The Washington Times - Monday, November 20, 2000

A little credit

William S. Loiry believes his organization helped create a positive atmosphere for the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and Yugoslavia.

The president of Equity International hosted a Nov. 13 conference in the District on reconstructing the damage done to Yugoslavia by the NATO air war last year. The United States announced four days later that it had re-established relations.

"The conference succeeded in developing interest in Yugoslavia among major American corporations and financial institutions," said Mr. Loiry, whose group promotes foreign business relations.

"More important, it generated tremendous goodwill because of the hospitality we showed President Vojislav Kostunica's personal representative while she was in Washington."

Dragana Djuric, an economic adviser, read a letter from Mr. Kostunica, who praised the "good will of Equity International [in bringing] together American business people willing to aid the democratic processes in the country and boost its economic development."

Equity International is planning another conference to be held in February in Belgrade.

Paying the price

The United States is worried that Lebanon could "pay a price" for the guerrilla attacks against Israel from Lebanese soil.
"We are very worried about the risks of escalation if provocative actions continue and we hope that all sides exercise the maximum degree of response to see to it that this does not happen," David Satterfield, the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, said last week.
"Lebanon and others will pay a price which should not have to be paid and which is not necessary," he told reporters after meeting Marwan Hamadeh, the Lebanese minister for refugees.
Hezbollah guerrillas last week exploded a roadside bomb against an Israeli patrol in a mountainous area near the Lebanese-Syrian border.
An Israeli army spokesman said the blast caused no damage or casualties.

Diplomatic museum

A lesser mortal might have cut a ribbon, but not Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.
To dedicate the beginning of construction on a museum to honor America's diplomats, Mrs. Albright swung a sledgehammer and knocked a hole in a wall at the State Department.
Veteran diplomatic reporter Barry Schweid was there to witness the Nov. 1 ceremony.
"What a pleasure it is to appear at this dedication as a person and not as an exhibit," he quoted Mrs. Albright as saying.
The museum is due to open in four years and will cover 18,000 square feet in the department's lobby and another 17,000 square feet in an adjacent room.
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Nicholas Burns, now U.S. ambassador to Greece, proposed the idea, which is being funded by private donations.
Ralph Appelbaum, who designed the United States Holocaust Museum, was selected to plan the diplomatic center.
Exhibits will include various diplomatic items, many loaned or donated by an association formed by the family of Dean Acheson, the secretary of state under President Truman.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Joon Ho Han, head of South Korea's Small and Medium Business Administration, who signs a Korean-U.S. trade agreement to promote opportunities for small businesses.
Charles Moore, editor of the London Daily Telegraph, who discusses political issues in the European Union with invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute.
Tadashi Yamamoto, a leading civic activist in Japan, who delivers the 2000 Mansfield American-Pacific Lecture at the Library of Congress.
Veton Surroi, publisher of the Koba Ditore daily newspaper in Kosovo, discusses the future of the Yugoslav province with invited guests at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Open Society Institute.
Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who meets with Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

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