- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 25, 2007

Aid to Cambodia

The United States has lifted a 10-year-old ban on direct aid to the Cambodian government to encourage the regime to move “closer to the community of nations,” said the U.S. ambassador to the Southeast Asian nation.

Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli told a Cambodian newspaper that Washington plans to provide up to $56 million this year in aid.

“It’s one more step to deepening and broadening bilateral relations,” he said in the interview with the Cambodian Daily. “Our hope is to have more normal relations and draw Cambodia closer to the community of nations.”

Washington imposed the ban on direct aid in 1997, after Hun Sen seized power in a coup.

Step over the line

The U.S. ambassador to Mexico expressed his regrets and promised to investigate reports that American workers erecting portions of a border fence stepped onto Mexican territory.

“The U.S. is sensitive to Mexican concerns and has the deepest respect for the integrity of the sovereignty of Mexican soil,” Ambassador Anthony Garza said, after learning that Mexican legislators claimed to have photos and videos of U.S. workers 10 yards inside of Mexico.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Walid Jumblatt, a member of the Lebanese parliament and a leader of the democratic Cedar Revolution. He addresses the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

• Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca Cespedes of Bolivia, who meets with administration officials and members of Congress. Tomorrow, he addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on U.S.-Bolivian trade and counternarcotics programs.

c A delegation from the Unified Democratic Forces in Belarus comprising Sergei Kaliakin, Iryna Kozulina, Anatoly Lebedko, Siarhiej Mackievic and Vincuk Viachorka. They address the International Republican Institute.

• Can Parker, chairman of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, and Etyen Mahcupyan, director of the foundation’s Democratization Program. They address the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


• President Antonio Saca of El Salvador, who meets with President Bush.

• Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store of Norway, who speaks at Georgetown University and meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley and members of Congress.

• Four Canadian provincial premiers: Jean Charest of Quebec, Gary Doer of Manitoba, Shawn Graham of New Brunswick and Dalton McGuinty of Ontario. They hold an 11:30 a.m. press conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW.

• Andrew Roberts, British author of “A History of the English-Speaking People Since 1900,” who addresses the Hudson Institute.


• Yulia Tymoshenko, opposition leader in the Ukrainian parliament, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a joint forum of the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute. On Thursday, she meets with Vice President Dick Cheney and members of Congress. On Friday, she holds a press conference at the National Press Club and meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She is accompanied by legislative members Hryhoriy Nemyria, Oleksandr Feldman and Yevhen Korniychuk.

• Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance and economy and of foreign affairs for Nigeria, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.


• Foreign Trade Minister Sten Tolgfors of Sweden, who joins U.S. trade officials at a policy breakfast at the House of Sweden.

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

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