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05 June 2002

Bush Names Envoy Nominees for Cyprus, Iceland, Holocaust Issues









(Michael Klossom, James Irvin Gadsden, Randolph M. Bell) (480)





President Bush intends to nominate Michael Klossom as his Ambassador


to Cyprus, James Irvin Gadsden as his Ambassador to Iceland, and


Randolph M. Bell as his Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, the White


House announced June 5.





The White House also said that these nominations have been sent to the


Senate for approval.





Following is the text of the announcement, with details on each


nominee:





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The White House


Office of the Press Secretary


June 5, 2002





The President intends to nominate Michael Klossom to be Ambassador


Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to


the Republic of Cyprus. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service,


Klossom has served as Consul General for Hong Kong and Macau since


August 1999. From 1996 to 1999, he served at the State Department as


Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.


From 1990 to 1996, Klosson served as Deputy Chief of Mission and


Charge d'Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, and the


U.S. Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands. From 1984 to 1990, he


served as Deputy Director of the Office of European Security and


Political Affairs and as Director of the Secretariat Staff in the


Office of the Secretary of State. Klossom earned a bachelor's degree


from Hamilton College and Master's degrees from Princeton University.





The President intends to nominate James Irvin Gadsden to be Ambassador


Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to


the Republic of Iceland. A career member of the Senior Foreign


Service, he is presently the Special Negotiator for Agricultural


Biotechnology in the State Department's Bureau for Economic and


Business Affairs. From 1997 to 2001, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary


of State for European Affairs, and from 1994 to 1997, he was Deputy


Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest. Gadsden's past


assignments include service in as Counselor for Economic Affairs in


Paris, economic/political officer at the U.S. Mission to the European


Communities in Brussels and European Communities desk officer at the


State Department. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard


University and a Master's degree from Stanford University.





The President intends to nominate Randolph M. Bell to have the rank of


Ambassador during his tenure of service as the Special Envoy for


Holocaust Issues. A career member of the Foreign Service, he is


currently the Director for Austria, Germany and Switzerland Affairs,


and was previously the Director of UK, Ireland and Benelux Affairs in


the Bureau of European Affairs. In 1993, Bell was names Director of


the Office of Russian and Eurasian Affairs. His past overseas


assignments include service as Political-Economic Counselor in Prague


and Political Counselor in Brussels. Bell received a bachelor's degree


from the College of William and Mary and Cambridge University.





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