- The Washington Times - Friday, April 13, 2001

Celluccis promise
Paul Cellucci struck an unusual bargain with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms to win Senate confirmation as ambassador to Canada.
The Massachusetts governor promised Mr. Helms he would not promote his views on homosexuality while serving as the U.S. envoy in Ottawa. Mr. Helms agreed not to block his nomination, but cast the only vote against him at a committee meeting on the afternoon of April 5. The full Senate approved the nomination by the close of business that day.
Mr. Helms was alarmed by reports he had seen on homosexual-education programs Mr. Cellucci advocated as governor and was aware of a large campaign by pro-family groups in both the United States and Canada that opposed his nomination.
The North Carolina Republican was also aware that the Republican-controlled Senate would not block the confirmation of a Republican governor nominated by a Republican president.
Mr. Helms, as he opened the committee hearing, announced he had received a signed pledge from Mr. Cellucci and would let the nomination go forward because of his "personal respect" for President Bush.
"I have at hand reports regarding Mr. Celluccis tenure as governor of Massachusetts reports that, quite frankly, have raised my eyebrows as have his positions on the sanctity of human life, parental rights and the defense of traditional family values," Mr. Helms said.
Mr. Helms said he asked Mr. Cellucci to "provide a written commitment to the Foreign Relations Committee that he will, in no way, seek to use his position as United States ambassador to Canada to advance his personal views on these matters."
Mr. Cellucci, in his written pledge, promised the committee, "If confirmed, I will faithfully represent the goals and policies President Bush has set for our nation and its relations with Canada. My personal views will not be imposed on the presidents agenda."


Coats to Germany

President Bush yesterday selected former Indiana Sen. Daniel R. Coats to be the next ambassador to Germany.
Mr. Coats, a Republican, served in the Senate from 1989 to 1999, after eight years in the House.
"His defense and national security experience will be an asset in maintaining our strong ties with Germany," Mr. Bush said. "I know Dan will be an outstanding representative of the United States."


Kyotos 'silver lining

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, in true diplomatic style, is finding a "silver lining" in Europes outrage over the Bush administrations decision to discard the Kyoto global-warming treaty.
Ambassador Richard Morningstar this week said President Bushs action has opened a debate on the merits of the treaty, which has not been ratified by any EU member, despite their protests.
"I would argue that the big flap over the Kyoto Protocol may have a silver lining," Mr. Morningstar said in remarks before the European Policy Center, a think tank in Brussels. "We can argue over tactics, but today we are dealing with each other on this issue more openly."
Mr. Morningstar said Europe should not have been surprised by the decision, especially given Mr. Bushs criticism of the treaty as a candidate. Before the Clinton administration signed the treaty, 95 members of the Senate endorsed a resolution opposing any accord that exempted populous polluting Third World nations like China and India.


Walk for peace

Peace advocates are hoping to attract diplomatic attention tomorrow when they hold a "Walk for Peace along Embassy Row."
Marchers with the Life Foundation International, which helps counsel victims of international conflict, will begin their walk at 10 a.m. at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at 2107 Massachusetts Ave. NW and end at the Kay Spiritual Life Center at American University.
Foundation director Anita Goswami will present a peace award to Abdul Aziz Said, founder of the universitys Center for Global Peace, and Gregory Smith, an 11-year-old sophomore at Virginias Randolph-Macon College, for his efforts to speak out for peace on behalf of children.
For more information, call 703/771-7330.
c E-mail Embassy Row at jmorrisonwashingtontimes.com, call 202/636-3297 or fax 202-832-7278.

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