|Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on Nominations of Ambassadors
Washington, D.C., November 14, 1997
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
I would like to take this opportunity at the close of the first session of the 105th Congress to again thank the Senate, especially Chairman Helms, Senator Biden, the members and staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Majority Leader Lott, Senator Daschle, and their staffs for their work this year in confirming the nominations of over one hundred ambassadorial and senior officials at the State Department, including mine as Secretary of State.
I regret, however, that two important nominations have not been acted upon: Ms. Nancy E. Soderberg to be Alternate U.S. Representative for Political Affairs at the United Nations; and James C. Hormel to be United States Ambassador to Luxembourg.
If confirmed, Ms. Soderberg will be responsible for representing the U.S. in the Security Council on critical peacekeeping and other political issues. As a former Senate aide and Deputy National Security Advisor with a deep background in peacekeeping issues, Ms. Soderberg is uniquely qualified for this important position. I have known and worked with Ms. Soderberg for more than a decade, and believe that she will make an invaluable contribution to our work at the United Nations.
I have also had the opportunity to work with Jim Hormel at the United Nations. Mr. Hormel, a prominent businessman, lawyer and philanthropist, served as an Alternate U.S. Representative to the Fifty-first Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, a position for which he was confirmed by the Senate in May of this year. He was also a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. In both positions and through his lifelong philanthropic activities, Mr. Hormel has demonstrated outstanding diplomatic and leadership skills. He will be an excellent U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg.
The President and I remain firmly committed to both nominations and look forward to their prompt consideration and confirmation when the Senate returns in January.
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