Clinton to name Holbrooke as U.N. envoy Richardson to move to energy secretary

June 18, 1998|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- President Clinton has decided to name Richard C. Holbrooke the U.S. representative to the United Nations, replacing Bill Richardson, who will become energy secretary, senior administration officials said yesterday.

Clinton will announce the appointments today at a White House ceremony, the officials said.

Holbrooke, who has decades of foreign policy experience, was the architect of the Dayton accords that brought a fragile peace to Bosnia. He is now vice chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston, the investment bank, and often serves as a special presidential envoy.

Holbrooke, 57, joined the foreign service in 1962. He is best known for his work in Bosnia, when he served as assistant secretary of state for European affairs. But he also brings experience in Asia, and also served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs from 1977-1981. He left Washington in 1996.

Richardson will replace Federico F. Pena, one of Clinton's longest-serving Cabinet officers, who announced in April that he would step down. Pena, a former transportation secretary and mayor of Denver, said this month that he wants to return to the private sector, but has not announced specific plans.

Richardson was elected to the House in 1982 and was re-elected seven times. While in the House, Richardson served as a roving diplomatic trouble-shooter for Clinton, traveling to North Korea, Cuba, Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Myanmar, formerly Burma.

Pub Date: 6/18/98

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