- The Washington Times - Monday, September 7, 2009

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week:


Lt. Gen. Clement Wani Konga, governor of Central Equatorial State of the semiautonomous region of South Sudan. He meets with members of Congress and State Department officials to discuss conditions in his country and seek development aid.


Yu-Hua Lan, Rei-hsiang Pong and Jung-hong Yi of the Taiwan Environmental Information Association. They address the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on environmental activism in Taiwan.


• A delegation from the British Parliament’s nuclear disarmament coalition with Des Browne, coalition chairman; David Hannay, co-chairman; David Lidington, the Conservative Party’s foreign-policy specialist; and Tony Lloyd, chairman of the Parliamentary Labor Party. They address the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Genaro Arriagada, former minister of the presidency of Chile; Lazaro Cardenas, former governor of the Mexican state of Michoacan; Luis Carranza, finance minister of Peru; Enrique Garcia, president of the Corporation for the Promotion of the Andies; Bolivar Lamounier, director of the Augurium consulting firm of Brazil; Carlos Mesa, former president of Bolivia; Rodrigo Pardo, editor of Change Magazine of Colombia; Ana Maria Sanjuan, a professor at the Central University of Venezuela; Diego Garcia-Sayan, executive director of the Andean Commission of Jurists; Guillermo Fernandez de Soto, former foreign minister of Colombia; Eduardo Stein, former vice president of Guatemala; and Martin Torrijos, former president of Panama. They address the annual Conference on Trade and Investment in the Americas, sponsored by the Corporation for the Promotion of the Andes and the Inter-American Dialogue.


Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Kazakhstan’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies about his country’s priorities as chairman of the OSCE next year.

Aparajita Gogoi, national adviser for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood for India and country director for the Center for Development and Population Activities; and Jeremie Zoungrana, national adviser for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood for Burkina Faso and Rwanda and country director for the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics in Rwanda and manager of the Safe Birth Africa Initiative. They discuss opportunities for women in developing countries in a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Gilberto Teodoro Jr., secretary of national defense of the Philippines. He addresses the Heritage Foundation on the U.S.-Philippines alliance in the 21st century.

Pung Kek, founder of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights; Mu Sochua, member of the Cambodian parliament from the Sam Rainsy Party; and Moeun Tola of Cambodia’s Community Legal Education Center. They testify at a hearing on human rights in Cambodia held by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. The location is to be announced. Call 202/225-3599 for more information.


“To deceive a diplomat, speak the truth. He has no experience with it.” — Greek proverb

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