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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Orlando, Florida)
For Immediate Release                                  September 9, 1998
                           PRESIDENT CLINTON 

The President today announced his intent to nominate B. Lynn Pascoe to be U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia.

Ambassador B. Lynn Pascoe, of Alexandria, Virginia, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service. Ambassador Pascoe is currently the Special Negotiator for Nagorno-Karabakh and Regional Conflicts in the Newly Independent States and U.S. Co-Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Minsk Group that seeks to resolve the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. Prior to assuming his present position, Ambassador Pascoe served as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and at the United States Mission to the United Nations. From 1993 to 1996, he was the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) in Taipei, Taiwan. Before going to Taipei, Ambassador Pascoe was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the East Asian and Pacific Bureau of the Department of State. During his three decades in the U.S. Foreign Service, he has also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the American Embassy in Beijing, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State. In addition, he has held responsible positions on both the Soviet and China desks and has been posted with his family to Moscow, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.

Ambassador Pascoe received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University. He studied Chinese at Stanford Center in Taipei and attended the U.S. National War College and the State Department's Senior Seminar. He speaks Chinese and Russian.