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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 27, 1998
                           PRESIDENT CLINTON 
                       NAMES RUDOLF VILEM PERINA 

The President today announced his intent to nominate Rudolf Vilem Perina to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova.

Mr. Rudolf Vilem Perina, of Los Angeles, California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, joined the Foreign Service of the Department of State in 1974, and has specialized in Russian, East European, German and NATO affairs. He has been assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa (1975-76), the NATO desk of the State Department (1976-78), the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (1979-81), the U.S. Mission in Berlin (1981-85), and the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels (1985-87). Mr. Perina has also served as Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff (1987-89), as Deputy Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Negotiations on Confidence and Security-Building Measures in Europe (1989-1992), as Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade (1993-96), and as Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs (1996-97).

Mr. Perina earned his B.A. degree at the University of Chicago and did graduate studies at Columbia University where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in European history. He speaks several foreign languages including Czech, Russian, German, and French.