- The Washington Times - Monday, May 7, 2001


'Cowgirl' diplomacy
Swiss diplomat Thomas Borer was a well-known figure in Washington when he traveled here frequently in the late 1990s to explain Switzerlands efforts to repay the victims of the Holocaust who lost millions in Swiss banks.
Then he was a hero to the Swiss. Now, however, he is an embarrassment to his government, judging from news reports from Geneva.
Mr. Borer, the Swiss ambassador to Germany, is having to explain the behavior of his wife, an American beauty queen from Texas who posed for some provocative photos in the Germany magazine Max under the headline, "Cowgirl from the Alps."
His wife, who retains her maiden name, Shawne Fielding, was photographed in a strapless evening gown on horseback on the embassy steps.
In another, she wore an American flag as a necktie and sported a dollar sign apparently tattooed "above her plunging cleavage," as the Associated Press described it.
The Swiss foreign minister has ordered an investigation into the photos, and a Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters that Mr. Borer "will certainly have to answer some questions."
Mrs. Fielding, 31, was Miss Dallas in 1992 and Miss Texas in 1994. She finished second in that years Miss America contest.
Mr. Borer, 43, married her in 1999 in what was described as the Swiss social event of the year.
The Swiss newspaper Blick has called for Mr. Borers dismissal, and Germanys Sueddeutsch Zeitung said Mrs. Fielding "had reached the depths of debauchery."
Yves Morath, the Swiss official who promotes the countrys image abroad, told the AP, "An ambassadors wife in the pose of Pamela Anderson is on the limit even in swinging Berlin."

Immigration 'mafia'
The U.S. ambassador to Mexico says most illegal immigration from Mexico is organized by "mafia" gangs that smuggle people from as far away as China.
"Twenty percent of the people trying to cross border without documents are not Mexicans," Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow said in a speech last week in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas.
"They are Central Americans, and many come here from other countries, from China, Pakistan and India. Theres a whole mafia involved in bringing people here," he said.

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today
Sheik Hamad bin Isa Kalifa, the emir of Bahrain, who will meet President Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld this week.
Silvan Shalom, Israels deputy prime minister and finance minister, who meets Treasury Secretary Paul ONeill and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
Romanian Foreign Minister Mircea Dan Geoana, who meets National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Paula Dobriansky, undersecretary of state for global affairs, and Alan Larson, undersecretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs.
Christos Papoutsis, Greeces merchant marine minister, who will meet Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and other administration officials and members of Congress.
Lars Danielsson, state secretary in the Swedish prime ministers office, and Perry Westerlund of the European Commission, who holds a 3 p.m. news conference at the Swedish Embassy to discuss their recent visit to North and South Korea.

Tomorrow
Austrian Vice Chancellor Susanne Riess-Passer, who meets Education Secretary Rod Paige and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.
Princess Margarita of Romania, who is promoting her foundation for the children and elderly of Romania.
Thomas Homer-Dixon of the University of Toronto, who joins a panel discussion on AIDS in Africa with invited guests at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Fritz Bolkestein, a member of the European Commission, who discusses trans-Atlantic taxes with invited guests of the European-American Business Council.
The Very Rev. John Simpson, recently retired dean of Englands Canterbury Cathedral, who discusses liberal vs. conservative views of the Anglican Church at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington National Cathhedral.


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