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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 1, 2000
                     AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE

The President announced today his intent to nominate Carlos Pascual to be U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.

Mr. Carlos Pascual, of Washington, DC, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor. Mr. Pascual was appointed as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) in July 1998. He has been responsible for advancing U.S. security interests with Russia, supporting Ukraine's transition to a market democracy and its integration with Europe, and promoting stability and security in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Mr. Pascual joined the NSC in June 1995 as Director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs, where he was responsible for coordinating economic policy affecting the countries of the former Soviet Union. Prior to joining the NSC, Mr. Pascual was Deputy Assistant Administrator for Europe and the New Independent States at the Agency for International Development (USAID). He served overseas with USAID in Sudan, South Africa and Mozambique.

Mr. Pascual received his B.A. from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was born in Havana, Cuba.