- The Washington Times - Monday, February 24, 2003

'Major response'
The U.S. ambassador to Colombia is urging the Bush administration to retaliate for the killing of an American citizen and the kidnapping of three others by Marxist rebels, according to a member of Congress who visited the nation last week.
Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat, said Ambassador Anne Patterson told him she had recommended a "major and appropriate" response.
He told reporters last week that she has made a recommendation to President Bush. The U.S. Embassy in Bogota declined to comment, according to the Reuters news agency.
The Americans, contractors working in Colombia, were aboard a plane that crash-landed in rebel territory two weeks ago.
Diplomatically speaking
Marc Ginsburg, the first Jewish-American ambassador to an Arab nation, has joined the Greater Talent Network Inc., one of the largest speakers bureaus in the U.S.
Mr. Ginsburg is a former ambassador to Morocco. He speaks Arabic, Hebrew and French, and is a contributor to Fox News and the Arabic television news station Al Jazeera.
Don Epstein, president of the speakers bureau, said Mr. Ginsburg will be a valuable addition to his agency, especially as tensions continue to mount between the Western and Arab worlds.
"How can we understand what … the majority of the Arab countries are thinking right now about America? These are pressing issues facing America today and is why we are proud to be working with Mr. Ginsburg," Mr. Epstein said in a statement.
Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Eliane Karp de Toledo, the first lady of Peru. She addresses the Organization of American States (OAS) at a meeting on the draft American Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who meets President Bush. He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Solomon Passy and Defense Minister Nikolai Svinarov.
Azerbaijan President Heidar Aliyev, who addresses a Caspian Sea oil conference. He meets Mr. Bush on Wednesday.
Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos, who addresses the Permanent Council of the OAS. He also meets National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Attorney General John Ashcroft and Mel Martinez, secretary of housing and urban development. He will hold a 9 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club on Thursday.
Francisco Santos Calderon, vice president of Colombia, and Margareta Winberg, deputy prime minister of Sweden. They address a State Department conference on sex trafficking.
c Frederik Bolkestein, European Union's commissioner for internal market affairs, taxes and the customs union. He addresses the European Institute on the enlargement of the European Union and the effect on U.S. business in Europe.
Angela Merkel, chairman of the Christian Democratic Union Party and minority leader of the German parliament. She addresses a briefing hosted by Georgetown University and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Werner Hoyer, a member of the German parliament from the opposition Free Democratic Party. He addresses a forum hosted by the New America and the Friedrich Naumann foundations.
Fu Tieshan, president of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, and Cao Shengjie, president of the China Christian Council, who hold a 10:30 a.m. news conference at the Chinese Embassy.
c Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Hans Dahlgren, Sweden's secretary of foreign affairs. He addresses the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Allan Gotlieb, former Canadian ambassador to the United States. He addresses a conference on U.S.-Canadian relations sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Francis Deng, U.N. undersecretary-general for internally displaced persons. He addresses Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Philippine Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes, who addresses invited guests at the Powell Tate Weber Shandwick public relations firm before a meeting with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

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