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Albright To Visit Czech Republic

February 23, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will return to her native land, now the Czech Republic, for four days next month for government meetings and to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Tomas Masaryk, a former democratic president of Czechoslovakia.

Albright’s father, Josef Korbel, a Czech diplomat, fled with his wife and children to London as Germany took control at the onset of World War II and then migrated to Denver, Colo., in 1948 when the Communists took over the country.

Albright will stop first in Lisbon, Portugal, for meetings with European leaders and Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov of Russia March 3-4.

The trip to the Czech Republic is scheduled for March 5-8.

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