- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2001

Brinker to Hungary
Nancy Goodman Brinker, a noted fund-raiser for breast cancer research, is off today for Hungary for her "new venture" as U.S. ambassador.
Mrs. Brinker was sworn in last week by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell in a private ceremony attended by relatives, close friends and her rabbi.
The rabbi "blessed my new venture," she told the Copley News Service.
Mrs. Brinker said Mr. Powell was a "wonderful person" and she was "doubly honored" that he and his wife, Alma, attended the State Department ceremony.
Mrs. Brinker, a Palm Beach, Fla., resident, is a close friend of President Bush and a major contributor to the Republican Party.
However, her main devotion is the fight against breast cancer, which killed her sister, Susan. Mrs. Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Foundation in 1982 to raise money for research. The foundation sponsors the annual Race for the Cure, a fund-raising run.

Thai envoy leaving
Thai Ambassador Tej Bunnag is preparing to return home to take up the post of permanent secretary at the foreign ministry.
Mr. Bunnag, as the ministry's top civil servant, will begin preparations for Thailand to host the 2003 conference of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group. He has been ambassador here since June 2000.
'Unparalleled' diplomat
Veteran diplomat Thomas R. Pickering has been elected to the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute, a world-renowned intellectual institute.
"His unparalleled contribution to our nation as a statesman and international policy-maker will be an extraordinary resource to draw upon as the institute continues to extend its reach globally in the years to come," said board Chairman William E. Mayer.
Mr. Pickering, a senior vice president at the Boeing Co., is the former undersecretary of state. He has served as ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, Jordan and the United Nations.

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
* Prime Minister John Howard of Australia, who meets with President Bush.
* President Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He meets Vice President Richard B. Cheney tomorrow and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell Friday.
* George Vassiliou, former president of Cyprus and now the chief negotiator for Cyprus' accession to the European Union, who meets Thomas Weston, the State Department's Cyprus coordinator. He meets Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman Wednesday. He also addresses the Western Policy Center, European Institute and Heritage Foundation this week.
* Canadian Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew meets Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans and U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick.
* An Israeli parliament delegation: Yigal Bebe, Eliezer Cohen, Michael Eitan, Maxim Levy, Noah Masalcha, Yair Peretz, Marina Solodkin, David Tal and Mudi Zandberg will discuss proposals for an Israeli constitution with invited guests at the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohen, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo.
* Vladimir Shkolnik, deputy prime minister of Kazakhstan, addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies and promotes a book by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
* Donald Tsang, Hong Kong's chief secretary for administration, meets Vice President Richard B. Cheney. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies Wednesday and meets Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice Thursday.
* Eisuke Sakakibara, Japan's former vice minister of finance, addresses Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on economic reform in Japan.
* Foreign ministers Indulis Berzins of Latvia, Toomas Ilves of Estonia and Antanas Valionis of Lithuania meet Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman for the annual session of the U.S.-Baltic Partnership Commission.

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