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Clinton nominates ambassadors to Ukraine, Singapore, Egypt, Jamaica

October 2, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton said Thursday he will nominate veteran diplomat Steven Karl Pifer to be ambassador to Ukraine and international industrialist Steven J. Green to be ambassador to Singapore.

For other postings, Clinton picked career diplomat Daniel Charles Kurtzer as ambassador to Egypt and oil refinery executive Stanley Louis McLelland as ambassador to Jamaica.

In a statement, Clinton also said career diplomat Thomas J. Miller was his choice to be special coordinator for Cyprus, a position that would have the rank of ambassador during Miller’s tenure.

Pifer, a California native and member of the foreign service since 1978, was most recently Clinton’s senior National Security Council adviser on Russia, Ukraine and Eurasian affairs.

Green, of Miami, is a member of the President’s Export Council. As chairman and chief executive officer of Astrum International Corp. and its component companies __ Samsonite, American Tourister and Culligan Water Technologies __ Green expanded the businesses overseas and directed the opening of the first American retail center in Moscow’s Red Square.

Kurtzer, the nominee for Egypt, has been in the foreign service since 1976 and has previously served in Egypt as well as the U.S. embassy in Israel. He is from Silver Spring, Md.

For the last 16 years, McLelland, a lawyer, has been a senior executive of Valero Energy Corp. in San Antonio, Texas. He has also served on trade delegations to Mexico.

Miller has been deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece, since 1994. An Illinois native, he earlier served in Thailand and at the State Department.

All five nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.

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