- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2003

Nicaraguan protest

Nicaragua is demanding that the United States punish the diplomat who wrote an unflattering memo about the Central American nation and distributed it to U.S. reporters visiting last week with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

The Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Barbara Moore, who apologized for the memo, which said, “Nicaragua crawls along as the second-poorest country in the hemisphere after Haiti, battered by storms of nature and its own making, with little hope of things changing in the future.”

The ambassador “felt quite ashamed” and insisted that the memo “in no way represents the embassy’s opinion,” a ministry spokesman said.

The ministry called for “an exemplary punishment for the U.S. official who wrote and distributed the document.”

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Education, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat.

• Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, Women’s Affairs Minister Habiba Sarabi, Minister-Adviser for Private Sector Issues Shair Baz Hakimiand, and Constitutional Commission member Fatima Gailani. They will participate in an Afghan-American summit at Georgetown University.

• Sanjbegz Tumur-Ochir, speaker of the Mongolian parliament, who will meet with administration officials and members of Congress. He also will address the International Republican Institute and meet with the president of the National Democratic Institute.

• Geronimo Gutierrez, Mexico’s undersecretary for foreign affairs, and Rafael Fernandez de Castro of the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. They will address the Inter-American Dialogue.

• Tim Spicer, a retired British army lieutenant colonel and chief executive officer of Aegis Defense Services Ltd. He will address the Nixon Center.


• Lt. Gen. Pham Van Tra, defense minister of Vietnam.

• Andres Allamand of Chile’s National Renovation Party and Genaro Arriagada, a former Chilean ambassador to the United States. They will address the Inter-American Dialogue.


• NATO Secretary-General George Robertson, who will meet with President Bush to discuss Iraq, Afghanistan and peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo.

• British Foreign Minister Jack Straw, who will address the George C. Marshall Foundation dinner.

• Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen; Bronislaw Geremek, former foreign minister of Poland; Robert Cooper, director general for external and political-military affairs of the Council of Europe; and Bassam Tibi of Germany’s Goettingen University. They will speak at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

• Botswanan President Festus Mogae, who will deliver the keynote address at a congressional conference on AIDS in Africa, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and Sen. Russell D. Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat.

• Cardinal Frederick Etsou, archbishop of Kinshasa, Congo; Bishop Nicolas Djomo of Congo’s Tshumbe Diocese; Archbishop Simon Ntamwana of Burundi; and Archbishop Augustin Misago of Rwanda. They will address the United States Institute of Peace.

• Fernando Cepeda of the University of the Andes and Rafael Pardo, a member of the Colombian Senate.


• Saad Eddin Ibrahim of the American University in Cairo and Willy Mutunga, director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission.

• Claude de Kemoularia, president of Club Monaco in Paris, and deputy U.N. representatives Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico and Pierre Helg of Switzerland. They will address the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison @washingtontimes.com.

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