September 21, 2002 |
In the intricate art of diplomacy, Britain has taken a page from a more street-level realm of persuasion: playing good cop to the United States' bad cop. The diplomat with that delicate brief here is Jeremy Greenstock, an ambassador of the old-school, pinstriped-pants variety who began his career 33 years ago in the Middle East and may retire this year still dealing with the region's complications--particularly Iraq. In the effort to get the U.N.
August 16, 1991 |
President Bush reaffirmed the United States' longstanding refusal to negotiate with kidnapers Thursday but praised the U.N. secretary general and the Israeli government for doing just that, expressing hope that a new "flexibility on all sides" will result in the early release of hostages. Talking to reporters before teeing off for an early morning round of golf at his vacation home in Kennebunkport, Me.
September 9, 1990 |
The Finns, who have kept the Soviet bear at bay for more than four decades with their peculiar brand of neutrality, may have written the book on foreign policy for their Eastern European neighbors who have broken free of Moscow's embrace. "What could be useful to them in our experience is the kind of confidence-building that has taken place between Finland and the Soviet Union," Aarni Karhilo, an undersecretary of state and Finland's former ambassador to Moscow, commented this week.
August 4, 1987 |
Usually, from here in the Sri Lankan capital, the Indian Ocean horizon offers only magnificent sunsets and vistas of colorful wooden fishing craft, looking like painted boats upon a painted sea. These days, however, the view is of two Indian warships--fully armed frigates--anchored just half a mile offshore, helping monitor an agreement designed to end the four-year warfare between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil guerrillas seeking a separate state.
January 3, 2003 |
North Korea's closest neighbors, South Korea and China, pledged Thursday to cooperate in seeking a diplomatic solution to end the standoff over the secretive regime's resumption of its nuclear program. China's Foreign Ministry did not disclose the details of the talks, saying only that Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi and South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Tae Shik had "exchanged opinions" on the North Korean nuclear issue.
December 13, 1990 |
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze agreed Wednesday to open a new dialogue between their two nations on the Persian Gulf crisis and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Despite the emerging consensus on the Middle East peace process, however, Shevardnadze rebuffed Shamir's request for an immediate resumption of full diplomatic relations.
November 3, 1990 |
U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar met Friday with a high official of the International Committee of the Red Cross as part of a quiet U.N. diplomatic effort to seek a compromise solution to resupplying the besieged U.S. and British embassies in Kuwait. Red Cross officials said the plight of the remaining handful of diplomats, as well as citizens of other countries, still in Kuwait was discussed.
February 20, 1993 |
British Prime Minister John Major flies to Washington next week on a critical mission to size up a new American President. Major, who was on close terms with former President George Bush but has never met Bill Clinton, needs to establish the kind of personal friendship that has generally marked the special relationship between Washington and London.
January 10, 1991 |
Like prizefighters or football linemen offering knowledgeable praise for the opponents they have been pummeling, President Bush, Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Iraqi Foreign Minister Tarik Aziz all went out of their way Wednesday to pay tribute to each other's professional skill at the deadly art of brinkmanship. "I must say, I thought his style was good," Bush said of Aziz, offering the practiced appraisal of a former diplomat.
March 15, 1991 |
President Bush and French President Francois Mitterrand met on this tropical island Thursday to discuss the prospects for peace in the Middle East and afterwards expressed optimism but offered no specifics. The two leaders have not "settled on one path, one single approach" for breathing new life into the long-stalled Middle East peace process, Bush said, insisting that "we do not have a set formula."