U.S. President-elect Jimmy Carter has named veteran diplomatic trouble-shooter Cyrus Vance as his Secretary of?
U.S. President-elect Jimmy Carter has named veteran diplomatic trouble-shooter Cyrus Vance as his Secretary of State. Mr. Carter announced his choice in Plains, Georgia, during a news conference on Friday (3 December) and it was immediately praised by Henry Kissinger, the man Mr. Vance will succeed.
SYNOPSIS: Vance emerged into world headlines when he spent ten months negotiating with Turkey and Greece on the Cyprus problem in 1967. In that year he met President Makarios.
In those negotiations and later in 1968 in South Korea, he represented President Lyndon Johnson. In February 1968 he went to Seoul to meet with the South Korean President Mr. Chung-Hee Park. Before that, the 60-year-old lawyer had served as consulting counsel on numerous government committees. He was also Secretary of the Army and Deputy Defence Secretary. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1958.
It was President Johnson who brought Mr. Vance into politics in 1957. Mr. Vance had gone to Washington to help organise an inquiry into military and space programmes. President Johnson, who was then majority leader and in charge of those hearings, persuaded Vance to stay on as committee counsel.
President Johnson was responsible for his promotion to deputy Defence Secretary, but Mr. Vance was compelled to resign from the post after seven years in the Pentagon because of a back injury.
The Vietnam war was the next time Mr. Vance served as a negotiator. In 1969 he went to Paris with representatives of the four main parties to try and find a solution. Since then he's held a variety of positions. including Chairman of the Board of the Rockefeller Foundation.