- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Naked diplomacy?

The Texas beauty queen who married a Swiss diplomat is at the center of another embarrassing incident, although this time it is not her fault.

Shawne Fielding, wife of ambassador to Germany Thomas Borer, is threatening to sue a German magazine for publishing faked photos of her naked.

The magazine, Tip, superimposed Mrs. Fielding´s portrait on the body of a topless model, according to news reports from Berlin. The photo was also published in a local tabloid, BZ.

"These blatant attempts to ruin my marriage, as well as both my husband´s and my career, must end now," she said in a statement.

She called the photos the "imaginary nude photomontage."

Her attorney said she will seek "very significant" damages from Tip and BZ. Mrs. Fielding, 31, created a scandal earlier this year by posing for provocative photos.

Although she was clothed, she created an uproar in Switzerland when the photos were published in a magazine, showing her in a tight miniskirt on the roof of the embassy and exposing her cleavage with a dollar-sign tattoo.

She later apologized to the Swiss Foreign Ministry.

Mr. Borer and his wife are frequently featured on the society pages of Berlin newspapers. Mr. Borer was well known in Washington in the late 1990s when he visited frequently as Switzerland´s special envoy on issues involving Jewish wealth that was looted by Nazis and hidden in Swiss banks.

Business diplomats

President Bush has tapped two business supporters — one a certified compassionate conservative — to be ambassadors to Austria and Luxembourg.

The White House announced last week that he plans to nominate Dennis P. Coleman to be envoy to Luxembourg, where he will replace the openly homosexual ambassador, James Hormel.

"Dennis Coleman has demonstrated leadership in the business world and commitment to helping others. He will be an excellent representative of the United States to Luxembourg," Mr. Bush said in a statement.

Mr. Coleman, a private investor in Palm Beach, Fla., is a former top executive with the investment firm of Bear Stearns.

Since 1986, he has been a member of the board of directors of Covenant House, a Catholic charity that serves more than 60,000 homeless children a year in six countries. He was chairman of the charity from 1993 to 1999.

Mr. Bush picked Lyons Brown Jr. to be ambassador to Austria.

"Throughout his career, Lee Brown has been engaged in international business, gaining experience working with foreign governments in Western Europe," Mr. Bush said.

"His understanding of the important relationships between the United States and Europe makes him an excellent choice for ambassador to the republic of Austria."

Mr. Brown served as a political appointee under presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton on the President´s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

'Symbol of destruction´

Chile´s former ambassador to the United States has denounced his country´s decision to buy American F-16 fighter jets.

Ambassador John Biehl said the purchase of the planes would "damage" the country´s image.

"The F-16s will cause political damage to our country in historical terms," Mr. Biehl told the newspaper, El Mercurio, Sunday.

Mr. Biehl, ambassador here from 1994 to 2000, called the aircraft "a symbol of destruction."

Chile´s defense minister, Mario Fernandes, said last week that the government has decided to spend $600 million for 12 of the fighters. He said Chile will open negotiations with the manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, if the U.S. Congress approves the sale.

After a three-year debate, Chile in December selected the F-16 over the French Mirage 200 and the Jas 39 Gripen built by Saab.

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