THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts) _____________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release August 29, 1997 PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOSEPH A. PRESEL AS AMBASSADOR TO THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN
The President announced today his intent to nominate Joseph A. Presel, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Ambassador Presel, of Rhode Island, has served as the Coordinator for Regional Affairs in the New Independent States since 1993 and became Special Negotiator for Nagorno-Karabakh in 1995, with the rank of Ambassador. Ambassador 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 time as Deputy U.S. Representative. His Washington service 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. He is a graduate of Harvard College, and studied at St. Anthony's College, Oxford University. He is married to Claire-Lise Junod Presel.