- The Washington Times - Monday, October 1, 2001

Somber national days
Many foreign ambassadors canceled national day celebrations and other diplomatic receptions in the weeks after the terrorist attacks on America.
But after a period of mourning, some ambassadors are turning their scheduled events into testimonials of support for the United States and the victims of the disasters at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
German Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger plans to go forward with a German Unity Day celebration Wednesday.
"We want to show our solidarity with the American people and with the victims of the horrific attacks on Sept. 11. Together with our American friends, we mourn this terrible and senseless loss of life," he said in a letter to the invited guests, informing them the reception will be held as scheduled at the German Embassy.
Mr. Ischinger also announced the formation of a German-American Solidarity Fund to raise money for the families of the dead and for those hurt in the attacks.
He said donations will be accepted on the evening of the reception and by mail through Wednesday to the German Embassy, 4645 Reservoir Road NW, 20007.
Slovak Ambassador Martin Butora denounced "cowardly attacks" and applauded the "unity and determination of the American people to help the victims and their families and to wage a campaign against terrorism."
Mr. Butora, speaking at a Slovak national day reception last week, said, "We are aware that this was not only an attack on America, but on Europe and the whole civilized world as well."
Paraphrasing President Kennedy, Mr. Butora said, "We know it is now Europe's turn to ask not what American can do for the Old World but what the Old World can do for America."
The Slovak Republic has offered the United States and NATO the use of its territory for military landing and refueling as part of any campaign to strike back.
"Our public understands the need to punish the culprits of these cowardly acts," he said.

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Jan Kavan, deputy prime minister and foreign minister of the Czech Republic. He meets Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies tomorrow.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who will address the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States.
Episcopal Bishop Bullen Dolli of Sudan, who joins a panel discussion of the Institute on Religion and Democracy at 2 p.m. in room 902 of the Hart Senate Office Building.
Martin Eichtinger, former spokesman at the Austrian Embassy and now director for international relations at the Austrian Federation of Industry. He discusses Austria's economy in a 7:30 p.m. lecture at the Austrian Embassy.
Estonian Finance Minister Siim Kallas, who addresses the Cato Institute on Estonia's economic success.
Dmitry Kozak, assistant for legal reform to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He holds a 10 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club. He also will attend the annual meeting of the American-Russian Business Council.
Heinz Fischer, speaker of the Austrian Parliament, who meets Elizabeth Jones, assistant secretary of state for European Affairs, and members of Congress.
Nasreen Mustafa Sideek, minister for reconstruction and development of the Kurdish regional government in Iraq, who addresses the Middle East Institute.
Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, the emir of Qatar, who meets President Bush.
President Eduard Shevardnadze of Georgia, who addresses the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
Justice Rainer Schlegel of the Federal Social Court of Kassel, Germany, and Regina Schmidt-Zadel, a member of the German parliament from the Social Democratic Party. They join a discussion at Catholic University on legal, philosophical and health issues in the United States and Germany.
Pavel Polian of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson Center on migration issues in the former Soviet Union.

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