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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 1, 1998
                       U.S. AMBASSADOR TO ANDORRA

The President today announced his intent to nominate Edward L. Romero to be U.S. Ambassador to Andorra.

Mr. Edward L. Romero, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is currently the nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and would serve as Ambassador to Andorra concurrently and without compensation. Mr. Romero is a Korean War Veteran and the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Sciences, Inc., an international environmental engineering and waste management corporation that recently merged with Commodore Applied Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded technology company. Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Romero has been a member of the U.S. Trade Representative's Services Policy Advisory Committee and has led a number of U.S. delegations to Mexico. During the Carter Administration, Mr. Romero served on the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Helsinki Accords. He has served on the President's Hispanic Advisory Committee, was a founding member of the Albuquerque Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In 1989, Mr. Romero was named National Hispanic Businessman of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Romero is actively engaged in a variety of civic and charitable activities. He has received numerous awards and acknowledgments from such organizations as the National Kidney Foundation, the New Mexico Anti-Defamation League, the National Hispanic Scholarship Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mr. Romero studied from 1955 to 1958, in California at Los Angeles State College and Citrus College.