THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES JOSEPH A. PRESEL FOR THE RANK OF AMBASSADOR DURING HIS TENURE OF SERVICE AS SPECIAL NEGOTIATOR FOR NAGORNO-KARABAKH
The President today announced his intention to nominate Joseph A. Presel, of Rhode Island, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, for the Rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Special Negotiator for Nagorno-Karabakh.
Mr. Presel is currently Coordinator for Regional Affairs in the New Independent States. Mr. Presel joined the Foreign Service in 1963 and has specialized in Russian, multilateral diplomacy and political military affairs. He has served in Turkey, France, Moscow, Belgrade (as Deputy Chief of Mission), and twice in the U. S. Arms Control Delegation in Vienna. The second includes two assignments to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, service in the European, Politico-Military, International Organizations and INR bureaus, as well as several assignments in the offices of Department of State Principals.
Mr. Presel was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on December 23, 1941. He is a graduate of Harvard College, and studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. Mr. Presel is married to Claire-Lise Junod Presel.