- The Washington Times - Friday, February 2, 2001

Hyde's team

Rep. Henry J. Hyde, the new chairman of the House International Relations Committee, yesterday announced his new vice chairman and introduced his team to lead the panel's six subcommittees, including a new subcommittee on Europe and one combining the Middle East and South Asia.

The Illinois Republican asked Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman, the former chairman, to head the subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.

Mr. Gilman, New York Republican, stepped down after serving the maximum six years as a committee chairman under rules adopted after the Republicans took control of the House in 1994. Mr. Hyde encountered the same term limit and had to give up his chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Hyde asked Rep. Christopher H. Smith to serve as vice chairman of the full committee. The New Jersey Republican also chairs the House Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Rep. Elton Gallegly of California, the former chairman of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee, will chair the new panel on Europe. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida will lead the subcommittee on international operations and human rights. She is the former chairman of the subcommittee on international economic policy and trade.

"Because of the importance of trade and export policy formerly under the jurisdiction of the economic and trade subcommittee, the issues will now be handled by the full committee and the subcommittee abolished," Mr. Hyde said.

Rep. Jim Leach, Iowa Republican, will chair the subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific. Rep. Cass Ballenger, North Carolina Republican, was named chairman of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee, and Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican, will chair the panel on Africa.

Mr. Hyde also outlined some of his immediate goals for the committee. He wants to deal quickly with a State Department budget reauthorization, review proposed reforms to the Export Administration Act to deal with the sale of technology that could have military uses and to consider U.S. participation in the proposed International Criminal Court.

New from Peru

Peru's new ambassador to the United States is a man with impressive diplomatic credentials, dating to 1943 when he first joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Carlos Alzamora, who took up his position in Washington yesterday, served twice at his country's ambassador to the United Nations from 1975 to 1979 and from 1985 to 1990.

In 1991, he was named undersecretary of the United Nations and executive secretary of the U.N. Commission on Compensation, which dealt with compensation claims by countries, corporations and citizens of 100 countries that suffered losses because of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

Peru rejoins court

Peru has recommitted itself to the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

The country withdrew from the court in 1999 because of several disputed human rights cases under former President Alberto Fujimori.

Manuel Rodriguez Cuadros, Peru's ambassador to the Organization of American States, presented his government's documents that authorized the restoration of the court's jurisdictions in Peruvian human rights cases.

"This gives back to 26 million Peruvian men and women the legal protection needed to invoke their rights and to seek recourse before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, whenever their individual freedoms and fundamental rights are violated," Mr. Rodriguez said.

He noted that the government's decision to rejoin the court "reflects the consensus inside Peru surrounding compliance with the decisions of the inter-American human rights system as the cornerstone of its integrity and legitimacy."

OAS Secretary General Cesar Gaviria praised Peru for the "solemn and sovereign" decision to accept the jurisdiction of the Costa Rica-based OAS tribunal.

He praised Peruvian President Valentin Paniagua and Foreign Minister Javier Perez de Cuellar, saying they "run a clean and democratic government that respects the rights of everyone and is clearly committed to honoring the country's international obligations."

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