- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 25, 2007

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Trade Minister Mercedes Araoz of Peru, who meets with administration officials and members of Congress to discuss the U.S.-Peru free-trade agreement.

• Mikhail Delyagin, adviser to former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov; Lilya Shevtsova, of the Carnegie Moscow Center; and Evgeny Kiselev, Russian political commentator. They address a forum on U.S.-Russian relations at the Hudson Institute.

• A delegation from the Turkish-American Business Council led by board Chairman Ferit F. Sahenk, accompanied by business executives Koray Arikan, Sedat Birol, Nuri Colakoglu, Haluk Dincer, Muharrem Dortkasli, Serif Egeli, Ali Koc, Korhan Kurdoglu, Baris Oney, Kursat Ozkan, Rona Yircali and Cuneyd Zapsu. They attend the council’s annual conference.

• Hugo Paemen, former EU ambassador to the United States, and Ana Palacios, former foreign minister of Spain. They join European ambassadors and U.S. officials at a forum on the 50th anniversary of the European Union at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


• George Alogoskoufis, economy and finance minister of Greece. On a four-day visit, he meets with: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke; Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns; Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt; Rodrigo de Rata, managing director of the International Monetary Fund; and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz.

• Ambassador Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, secretary-general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


• Judge Taghrid Hikmet of Jordan, a member of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; Judge Cecilia Medina of Chile, of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; Judge Fatsah Ouguergouz of Algeria, president of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights; Judge Hisashi Owada of Japan, a member of the International Court of Justice; Judge Christos Rozakis of Greece, vice president of the European Court of Human Rights; and Antonio Cancado Trindade of Brazil, a member of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. They speak during a four-day conference of the American Society of International Law.

• Bakyt Beshimov, Kyrgyzstan’s former ambassador to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh and now a vice president at the American University of Central Asia; and Anara Tabyshalieva of the Kyrgyzstan Institute for Regional Studies. They address the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

• Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a German member of the European Parliament and a member of the foreign affairs and security and defense committees. He discusses the future of Russia in a forum sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

• Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Billie Miller of Barbados; Epsy Campbell Barr, president of the Citizens’ Action Party of Costa Rica; Dayana Martinez Burke, a member of the Honduran Congress; Olga Ferreira de Lopez, a member of the Paraguayan Congress; Beatriz Paredes, president of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party; Sen. Marta Lucia Ramirez of Colombia; Maria Antonieta Saa, a member of the Chilean Congress; and Nemecia Achacollo Tola, first vice president of the Bolivian Congress. They participate in a round-table discussion on female leadership in Latin America at the Library of Congress.


• Borge Ousland, Norway’s most famous polar explorer, who speaks at the National Geographic Society.


• Sabine Freizer, director of the Brussels-based Europe Program of the International Crisis Group. She addresses Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty about the future of Kosovo.

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