- The Washington Times - Monday, July 22, 2002

Praising Holbrooke
Ace diplomat Richard Holbrooke may be gone from the corridors of power, but he is still appreciated as a statesman by those who admired his work in the Clinton administration.
German Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger praised the American diplomat as a man who made "historic contributions to peace in Europe" at a German Embassy event.
Mr. Ischinger presented Mr. Holbrooke with Germany's highest award, the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, to honor him for his achievements as U.S. ambassador to Germany, ambassador to the United Nations and assistant secretary of state for European affairs.
Mr. Holbrooke, during his service as assistant secretary, brokered the Dayton Accords, which ended the bloody conflict in Bosnia that defined "ethnic cleansing." Mr. Ischinger represented Germany at Dayton, while serving as director-general for political affairs at the German Foreign Office.
"We are honoring a man who made historic contributions to peace," Mr. Ischinger said at the award ceremony last week.
"The Dayton peace agreement was a tough piece of work, and it would not have come about without your great personal leadership, tenacity and creativity," he told Mr. Holbrooke.

Sacked envoy on TV
Thomas Borer, the Swiss diplomat whose career was ruined by false accusations of a sex scandal, will soon appear as a guest host on a German talk show.
Mr. Borer, who was well-known in Washington as Switzerland's envoy on the Nazi banking issues in the 1990s, has agreed to host two episodes of the "Talk Before Midnight Special," German press reports said last week.
Mr. Borer and his American wife, Shawne Fielding, were popular in German social circles while he was Swiss ambassador in Berlin. He was recalled earlier this year. Mr. Borer resigned from the diplomatic service.
Recently, the woman who claimed she had an affair with Mr. Borer admitted she was lying.

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Today
Hungarian Foreign Minister Laszlo Kovacs, who meets with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice; Sen. Gordon H. Smith, Oregon Republican; and Rep. Tom Lantos, California Democrat.
Trong Chai, who leads a 34-member delegation of legislators from Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party and the Taiwan Solidarity Union. Mr. Trong, chairman of the Republic of China-U.S. Interparliamentary Amity Association, and his delegation will meet members of the congressional Taiwan caucus. They hold a 5 p.m. news conference Wednesday at Taiwan's Twin Oaks estate, 3225 Woodley Road NW.
Simona Miculescu, foreign policy adviser to Romanian President Ion Iliescu. She meets members of Congress and officials at the State Department and National Security Council.
Sara Amiryar, a delegate to Afghanistan's loya jirga, and Farida Azizi, an Afghan humanitarian leader. They hold a 10 a.m. news conference at the Vital Voices Global Network, 10th floor, 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Tomorrow
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson Center on peace efforts with Tamil Tiger rebels. On Wednesday, he meets President Bush and holds a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club.
Wednesday
Shahid Hamid, former governor of the Pakistani province of Punjab, and Ishfaq Ahmad, special adviser to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. They participate in a panel on the future of Pakistan with invited guests at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
A delegation of Afghan officials, including: Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, Health Minister Suhaila Siddiq, Commerce Minister Mustafa Kazimi, Reconstruction Minister Mohammed Amin Farhang, Women's Affairs Minister Habiba Sorabi and High Education Minister Sharif Fayez. They participate in a Georgetown University forum on the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Thursday
Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil's mission to the United Nations, Xolisa Mabhongo of South Africa's U.N. mission and Nitin Desai, U.N. secretary-general of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). They brief officials on preparation for next month's WSSD meeting in South Africa.


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