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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
May 6, 1999
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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Today and yesterday, the Washington Times has run stories regarding Ambassador Richard Holbrooke that are both unfair and grossly misleading in their implication.

Richard Holbrooke is one of the most talented advisers the President and I have on the Balkans. We have several times asked him to undertake special missions that require his experience and negotiating ability. Each time, he has performed and completed very difficult missions thoroughly and conscientiously. Any suggestion that U.S. policy interests might somehow have been compromised by personal commitments on his part is utter nonsense and reflects both a misunderstanding of the specific facts and a gross misunderstanding of how diplomacy works.

No one has been more energetic or more generous with his time in pursuing peace in the Balkans than Richard Holbrooke. America needs his voice at the United Nations.

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