- The Washington Times - Monday, September 3, 2001

Foreign-born envoys

President Bush has turned to two foreign-born policy analysts in his latest round of ambassadorial nominations.

Mr. Bush has selected Rockwell Schnabel, originally from the Netherlands, to serve as ambassador to the European Union.

Mr. Schnabel, co-chairman of the Trident Capital venture capital group, served as ambassador to Finland under President Reagan and at the Commerce Department under Mr. Bush's father.

"He will be an excellent representative of the United States to the EU at this critical juncture in our relationship as we work together toward a new global trade round and look to expand our relationship with Europe," Mr. Bush said in a statement last week.

He also announced the selection of Roy Austin, born in St. Vincent in the West Indies, to serve as ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Austin is an associate professor of sociology, justice and black American studies at Penn State.

"Roy Austin has extensive knowledge of the histories and cultures of Caribbean nations," Mr. Bush said. "His long-standing ties to this region will serve him well as the next U.S. ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago."

Both appointments require Senate confirmation.


Envoy to the enclave

The U.S. ambassador to Moldova will be the new special negotiator to try to end the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The State Department last week said Ambassador Rudolf Perina will take up the position Nov. 1, when he leaves his current post.

Mr. Perina will try to help the countries resolve their dispute over the ethnic-Armenian enclave within Azerbaijan, which cost 35,000 lives in fighting that ended in a 1994 cease-fire. Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of aiding the rebels, who have captured a swath of territory linking the enclave with Armenia.

Mr. Perina replaces Carey Cavanaugh, who ended his assignment there last week. A deputy special negotiator will fill in until Mr. Perina arrives.

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher last week dismissed concerns about local elections scheduled for Wednesday in Nagorno-Karabakh, which the 43-nation Council of Europe fears could jeopardize the peace talks.

"We don't really think that these elections affect that process," Mr. Boucher said.


New Africa director

The International Republican Institute has named Jeffrey Krilla as director of its Africa programs. Mr. Krilla, a former congressional aid, has taught school in South Africa and is the founder of Fill Their Shelves, a charity that provides books and other education aides to schools in southern Africa.


Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• Prime Minister Frederick Sumaye of Tanzania, who meets tomorrow with State Department and World Bank officials. He will be accompanied by Charles Keenja, minister for agriculture and food security; Salome J. Mbatia and Isaack Cheyo, two members of parliament; and Andrew Nyumayo, the prime minister's director for coordination and government business.

Tomorrow

• Sanchez Anaya, governor of the Mexican state of Tlaxcala, Francisco Molina, a former Mexican senator, and Jesus Reyes-Herroles, former Mexican ambassador to the United States. They will release a report of the U.S.-Mexico Binational Council at a forum from 10 a.m. to noon in room 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building.

• Mexican Health Minister Julio Frenk and Agriculture Minister Javier Usabiaga, who meet Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson to sign a U.S.-Mexico food safety agreement.

• Eliseu Padilha, Brazil's minister of transportation, who meets Enrique Iglesias, president of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Wednesday

• Mexican President Vicente Fox begins a state visit with a 10 a.m. White House ceremony and meeting with President Bush. Mr. Fox later receives the National Endowment for Democracy's annual award. He addresses a joint session of Congress on Thursday.

• Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, national security adviser to Mexican President Vicente Fox. He meets with guests of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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