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Morocco Country Director Peace Corps signs letter to President Bush criticizing Middle East policy

Morocco Country Director Peace Corps signs letter to President Bush criticizing Middle East policy

Morocco Country Director Peace Corps signs letter to President Bush criticizing Middle East policy

Dear Mr. President,

We former U.S. diplomats applaud our 52 British counterparts who recently sent a letter to Prime M in ister Tony Blair criticizing his Middle East policy and calling on Britain to exert more influence over the United States. As retired foreign service officers we care deeply about our nation's foreign policy and U.S. credibility in the world. At the request of our government and military colleagues, we have added their names as well.

We also are deeply concerned by your April 14 endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral plan to reject the rights of three million Palestinians, to deny the right of refugees to return to their homeland, and to retain five large illegal settlement blocs in the occupied West Bank. This plan defies U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for Israel's return of occupied territories. It ignores international laws declaring Israeli settlements illegal. It flouts U.N. Resolution 194, passed in 1948, which affirms the right of refugees to return to their homes or receive compensation for the loss of their property and assistance in resettling in a host country should they choose to do so.

And it undermines the Road Map for peace drawn up by the Quartet, including the U.S. Finally, it reverses longstanding American policy in the Middle East.

Your meeting with Sharon followed a series of intensive negotiating sessions between Israelis and Americans, but which left out Palestinians. In fact, you and Prime Minister Sharon consistently have excluded Palestinians from peace negotiations. Former Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo voiced the overwhelming reaction of people around the world when he said, "I believe President Bush declared the death of the peace process today."

By closing the door to negotiations with Palestinians and the possibility of a Palestinian state, you have proved that the United States is not an even-handed peace partner. You have placed U.S. diplomats, civilians and military doing their jobs overseas in an untenable and even dangerous position.

Your unqualified support of Sharon's extra-judicial assassinations, Israel's Berlin Wall-like barrier, its harsh military measures in occupied territories, and now your endorsement of Sharon's unilateral plan are costing our country its credibility, prestige and friends. Nor is this endorsement even in the best interests of the State of Israel.

It is not too late to reassert American principles of justice and fairness in our relations with all the peoples of the Middle East. Support negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, with the United States serving as a truly honest broker. A return to the time- honored American tradition of fairness will reverse the present tide of ill will in Europe and the Middle East-even in Iraq.

Because the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the core of the problems in the Middle East, the entire region - and the world - will rejoice along with Israelis and Palestinians when the killing stops and peace is attained.


Andrew I. Killgore, Ambassador to Qatar

Richard H. Curtiss, chief inspector, U.S. Information Agency

Colbert C. Held, Middle East Regional Officer

Thomas J. Carolan, Consul General, Turkey

C. Edward Bernier, Counselor, Embassy for Information and Culture, Pakistan

Donald A. Kruse, American Consul in Jerusalem

Edward L. Peck, Chief of Mission in Iraq and Mauritania

John Powell, Admin Counselor of Embassy in Lebanon

John Gunther Dean, Ambassador to India

James Akins, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Talcott Seelye, Ambassador to Syria

Eugene Bird, Counselor of Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Richard H. Nolle, Ambassador to Egypt

Ray Close, Chief of Station Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Shirl McArthur, Commercial Attache, Thailand

David Fredrick, Country Director Peace Corps Morocco

Bill Rugh, Ambassador to UAE and Yemen

James Curran, Deputy Chief of Mission Togo

Joseph Cheevers, Office oflnspectors General

Robert L. M. Nevitt, Minister for Press Affairs for the U.M.

John Brady Kiesling, Political Counselor, Greece

E. William Tatge, Counselor for Commercial Affairs, France

Henry Precht, Deputy Chief of Mission, Egypt

John O. Sutter, FSO, The Asia Foundation's Representative for Indonesia

James J. Halsema, Counselor for Public Affairs, Egypt

Nancy LeRoy, Public Affairs Officer, Mexico

Thomas M. Martin, USIA Congressional Liaison Officer

Robert C. McLaughlin, USIA Madrid

Edward Alexander, Counselor for Public Affairs, East Berlin

Roman Lotsberg, Admin Officer, Office of European A\ffairs

Shirley Hill Witt, Cultural Affairs Officer, Zambia

Arthur L. Lowrie, Political Advisor to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command

Carleton Coon, Ambassador to Nepal; Jane Coon, Ambassador to Bangladesh

George B. Roberts, Ambassador to Guyana

Robert V. Keeley, Ambassador to Greece

John E. Marsh, First secretary, Embassy Kuwait

Thomas W. Fina, Consul General, Milan

Harland H. Eastman, Consul General, Tangier, Morocco, and Tel Aviv, Israel

Arthur Mudge, Director, USAID Mission to Sudan

Ronald I. Spiers, Undersecretary of State for Management

Albert L. Seligmann, Director, Office of Japanese Affairs

Orin D. Parker, President, America-Middle East Educational Services

Robert C. Amerson, Counselor for Public Affairs, Italy

Christian Freer, Colonel, US Army, Retired, former chief of CIA stations and War Plans staff

Thomas J. Hirschfeld, Deputy U.S. Rep MBFR Negotiations

Edward R. M. Kane, Deputy Chief of Station, CIA, Iraq

Richard Hobbes, Colonel, US Army, Retired, Politico-Military Adviser to NEA

David Antoon, Colonel, US Air Force, Retired

Augustine A. Verrengia, Brig. General, USAF Ret.

Greg Thielmann, Director, Office for Strategic Proliferation Military Affairs, INR

Robin Berrington, Cultural Attache, Japan

Gary S. Usrey, Deputy Chief of Mission, Morocco

Owen Roberts, Ambassador to Togo

Chas W. Freeman, Jr., Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Assistant Secretary of Defense

Edwin Paul Kennedy, Jr., Regional Affairs Officer, N. African, Near Eastern, S. Asian Affairs, USIA

Thomas J. Scotes, Ambassador to Yemen

Michael Mennard, Ph.D., Regional Public Affairs Officer, India

Francois M. Dickman, Ambassador to UAE and Kuwait

Terrell E. Arnold, Deputy Director Office of Counterterrorism and Consul General, Brazil and 17 others

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By Rick Harris ( on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 4:20 am: Edit Post


Looking for a PC volunteer freind Amy Darley in Morocco. Does anyone know where i can get her current address or location information?

Thank you

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