- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Indyk to join Brookings
Martin Indyk, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, will return to Washington this year to serve as a Middle East specialist at the Brookings Institution.
He will bring "firsthand diplomatic experience from the front lines" of the Arab-Israeli conflict and a "conceptual mastery of the underlying challenges to U.S. policy in this region," Brookings President Michael Armacost said yesterday, in announcing that Mr. Indyk will join the think tank Sept. 1.
"Martin Indyks real-world experience and contacts in the area, combined with his academic expertise, will allow Brookings to examine the tough questions facing the region and to suggest workable solutions," added Mr. Armacost, an undersecretary of state under President Reagan and ambassador to Japan under the first President Bush.
Mr. Indyk, the first Jewish U.S. ambassador to Israel, is finishing his second tour as envoy in Tel Aviv. A Clinton appointment, Mr. Indyk served first from 1995 to 1997. He replaced James Sasser last year.
Between his ambassadorial tours, Mr. Indyk served as assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs.
Mr. Indyk, a naturalized American citizen, was born in England and educated in Australia.

'River of pain'
The first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam since the war steps down next month believing he has helped U.S.-Vietnamese relations bridge a "river of pain."
Ambassador Douglas "Pete" Peterson told Reuters news service that his four years in Hanoi were a "psychological success" for both countries.
Mr. Peterson, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, said, "Both peoples, in America and Vietnam, have come to appreciate each other and understand each other better. And that warmth of relationship now has allowed the two nations to essentially heal the past."
He said he wanted to "bridge the river of pain that both countries suffered."
"Now in 2001, I think we can sit back and say were pretty close to a normal relationship, and that is something I am very proud to have been part of," he said.
Mr. Peterson, a former Florida congressman, plans to return home, where Democratic Party officials are trying to persuade him to run for governor against Jeb Bush, the presidents brother, who is seeking re-election.
"If everything is reasonable, and I feel comfortable about it, and I can add value to the race, and I can lead the state in the way I would like to, then I would give it serious consideration," he said.

Back to Chechnya
Romanias former ambassador to the United States has reopened an office of the worlds largest security organization in the war-torn Russian region of Chechnya after a 21/2-year absence.
Mircea Dan Geoana, now acting head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said his main objectives are to monitor human rights and to oversee the return of refugees.
"We have a number of projects of a humanitarian nature, and I think our presence in Chechnya will be a positive signal to encourage to return to the field," Mr. Geoana told Agence France-Presse last week.
The OSCE shut its office in Chechnya because of fears of kidnappings. About 25 armed guards will protect the six-member staff in the new office, he said.
Mr. Geoana, now Romanias foreign minister, was ambassador in Washington from 1996 until earlier this year.
The OSCE represents 55 countries from Europe, Central Asia and North America.

Stay in Bosnia
Croatian Foreign Minister Tonio Picula has urged the United States to maintain American troops in Bosnia-Herzegovina to preserve stability in the region.
Mr. Picula said he delivered that message to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on his recent visit to Washington.
"I stressed that it was important that the United States keep its military and political presence in the region," he told the Croatian news agency, HINA, yesterday.
Mr. Picula also criticized ethnic-Croatian nationalists in Bosnia who want to break away from the fragile ethnic alliance of the Muslim-Croat Federation, which governs part of Bosnia. The Serb Republic makes up the other entity in the Balkan nation.

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