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Carlos Pascual is the new US Ambassador to Ukraine
Friday, October 6, 2000
Washington, D.C... Carlos Pascual was sworn in today in Washington, D.C. as the new US Ambassador
to Ukraine. Mr. Pascaul received the oath of office from the US State Department Chief of Protocol
William Keppler. The ceremony took place in the Ben Franklin Room of the US State Department
at noon on Friday.
"Ukraine has a great opportunity
before it and the United States will continue to be a strong
supporter of Ukraine as it moves forward in its long journey
to become a strong, democratic, and prosperous country."
Strobe Talbott, acting US Secretary of State, and National Security Advisor Samuel R. "Sandy"
Berger both attended the ceremony and spoke to the audience of several hundred who gathered
to watch the ceremony. Acting Secretary Talbott and National Security Advisor Berger
congratulated the new ambassador, gave him considerable praise for his years of government service,
indicated Ambassador Pascaul was the right man at the right time for the job and pledged
their total support to Ambassador Pascual as he goes to Ukraine and assumes his new duties.
It was very obvious that acting Secretary Talbott and National Security Advisor Berger know
Ambassador Pascaul very well and are pleased to have Ambassador Pascaul in this critical
ambassadorship position at this time.
Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger, US National Security Advisor, addressing the several hundred people
in the audience at the swearing in ceremony today for Carlos Pascaul, Ben Franklin Room,
U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C. Carlos Pascaul, his wife, Aileen, and Acting Secretary
of State Strobe Talbott are standing behind Mr. Berger|
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Carlos Pascaul addressing the audiencs
of several hundred people today at his swearing in Ceremony.
from left to right are, Sandy Berger,
his wife Aileen, and Strobe Tabott
The new Ambassador greeted those who came to wish him well including his wife, Aileen Marshall
Pascaul, and his parents. Ambassador Pascaul was born in Cuba and came to the United States
when his parents fled from Cuba several years ago. "I look forward to this opportunity to serve
as US Ambassador to Ukraine and believe this is a critical moment for Ukraine in its long struggle
to be a strong independent country in charge of its own destiny " Ambassador Pascual said.
"What has made America great has been its amazing sense of vision and its ability to make that
vision come true. What will make Ukraine great will be its ability to have great vision and
to make sure the vision comes true," The Ambassador continued.