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US appoints veteran to Libya

2012-10-11 22:26

Washington - The United States on Thursday named a new charge d'affaires to Libya following the murder of ambassador Chris Stevens in last month's militant attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.

Veteran diplomat and Arabic speaker Laurence Pope has arrived in Tripoli already, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

His appointment "emphasizes the commitment of the United States to the relationship between our two countries and to the people of Libya as they move forward in their transition to a democratic government," Nuland said.

"We will continue to assist as Libya builds democratic institutions and broad respect for the rule of law - the goals that Ambassador Stevens worked hard to achieve."

Pope has come out of retirement to take up the post at a time when the State Department is still investigating the 11 September attack in which Stevens and three other American diplomatic staff were killed.

Stevens was the first ambassador to be killed on duty since 1979 and the horrific attack on the Benghazi consulate when dozens of armed men stormed the building, bombarding it and torching it, has shocked the US diplomatic community to the core.

But the US administration of President Barack Obama has vowed to stand by the people of Libya as it struggles to build a democracy following the toppling of long-time autocratic leader Moamer Kadhafi last year.

"Pope looks forward to working with the Libyan government and the Libyan people during this historic and challenging time, as we build strong economic, social, political, and educational bridges between our two people," Nuland added.

Pope retired from the Foreign Service in 2000 after 31 years, during which he notably served as ambassador to Kuwait, as well as ambassador to Chad from 1993-1996.

He was also director for Northern Gulf Affairs from 1987-1990, associate director for counterterrorism 1991-1993, and political advisor to the commander in chief of the US Central Command from 1997 to 2000.

Comments
  • kingKanete - 2012-10-12 01:20

    how do you go to work knowing your predecessor was killed on the job

  • kingKanete - 2012-10-12 01:20

    how do you go to work knowing your predecessor was killed on the job

  • nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-10-12 05:09

    Moamer Kadhafi? Better re check the english spelling there..

  • jans.opresser - 2012-10-15 23:04

    they are going to kill him also!

  • geralsosbee - 2012-10-21 21:07

    Responsibility for the murder of the Ambassador Stevens is with fbi/cia. Corruption of us embassies: http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/psychotronicscon.html#dec242005 Mankind at war with self Torture, mass murder, inhumanity punctuates our own self imposed downfall. http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/promo.html The types of crimes committed by the fbi/cia/dod,etc., as I have witnessed over the course of my lifetime are not new to mankind; indeed, for as long as man has walked on the face of the earth he has been confronted with his own savagery and inhumanity to fellow man. War has become legal; fbi/cia covert intelligence operations (including mass murder and other assassinations & tortures) are well known by many but never spoken about in polite conversations because they are also legal by awful custom. Thus, the end game for man is now being shaped by the most barbaric feature of his character: man's criminal urge to destroy one another for myriad purposes. Mark Twain perhaps captured this truth as he said, " A crime preserved in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law." http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part4-worldinabo.html

  • geralsosbee - 2012-10-21 21:07

    Responsibility for the murder of the Ambassador Stevens is with fbi/cia. Corruption of us embassies: http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/psychotronicscon.html#dec242005 Mankind at war with self Torture, mass murder, inhumanity punctuates our own self imposed downfall. http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/promo.html The types of crimes committed by the fbi/cia/dod,etc., as I have witnessed over the course of my lifetime are not new to mankind; indeed, for as long as man has walked on the face of the earth he has been confronted with his own savagery and inhumanity to fellow man. War has become legal; fbi/cia covert intelligence operations (including mass murder and other assassinations & tortures) are well known by many but never spoken about in polite conversations because they are also legal by awful custom. Thus, the end game for man is now being shaped by the most barbaric feature of his character: man's criminal urge to destroy one another for myriad purposes. Mark Twain perhaps captured this truth as he said, " A crime preserved in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law." http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part4-worldinabo.html http://hamsayeh.net/society/2176-amerika-is-dead.html http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/06/29/18716584.php http://chicago.indymedia.org/node/1021

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