ACCESSION NUMBER:292999 FILE ID:AEF204 DATE:07/06/93 TITLE:ENVOY TO SOMALIA RANKED BY CLINTON AS AMBASSADOR (07/06/93) TEXT:*93070604.AEF SUB:SOMALIA CO:AMB. GOSENDE NOM.,#RC(FR),JS,HRsp *AEF204 07/06/93 * 1 ENVOY TO SOMALIA RANKED BY CLINTON AS AMBASSADOR (FR) (Robert Gosende accorded new title) (210) WASHINGTON -- President Clinton has accorded the personal rank of ambassador to Robert Gosende, the special U.S. envoy for Somalia. The White House announcement about Ambassador Gosende was made July 2, along with the nominations of three other persons: Edward Perkins, former American ambassador to Liberia and South Africa, as ambassador to Australia; Victor Tomseth, a career diplomat since 1966, as ambassador to Laos; and Toby Gati, senior vice president for policy studies at the United Nations Association of the United States, as assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research. Ambassador Gosende has been the U.S. special envoy for Somalia since the beginning of 1993; in 1992 he worked in Somalia for several weeks while he was a diplomat-in-residence at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington. He began his diplomatic career at the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) in 1967, and his overseas assignments have included South Africa, Poland, Somalia, and Libya. At USIA headquarters he has held such high-level positions as director of the Office of African Affairs and deputy director of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. NNNN .