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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 2, 2000
                           RANK OF AMBASSADOR

     The President announced today his intent to nominate Thomas G.

Weston for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure as Special Coordinator for Cyprus.

Mr. Thomas G. Weston, of Michigan, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. Mr. Weston has been a member of the U.S. Foreign Service since l969. Most recently, he served as Special Coordinator for Summits in the Bureau of European Affairs and has been a Senior Inspector in the Office of the Inspector General since l998. During l996 and l997 he was Charge d'Affaires, ad interim to Canada. Before going to Ottawa in June l996, Mr. Weston was Director of Studies at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From l993-l994 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, responsible for multilateral diplomacy with Europe including U.S. participation in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and U.S. relations with the European Union, the Western European Union, and the Council of Europe. Prior to that he served at the U.S. Mission to the European Union as Deputy Chief of Mission and had tours in Bonn, Bremen and Kinshasa as well as in the Department of State.

Mr. Weston holds BA and MA degrees from Michigan State University.