10 August 1998
ALBRIGHT TO ESCORT HOME THE AMERICAN DEAD OF THE NAIROBI BOMBING(SecState offers $2 million reward for leads to bombers) (760) By Jane A. Morse USIA Diplomatic Correspondent Washington -- Secretary of State Albright paid tribute to the 12 US Embassy employees killed in the August 7 bombing of the Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and said she will fly to Germany to escort home the bodies of the Americans killed in the blast. The Secretary said she will also visit the injured now hospitalized in medical facilities in Germany. Speaking August 10 to State Department employees in the Dean Acheson Auditorium, Albright said the immediate focus of US efforts will be to aid the survivors and their families and to comfort the families of the dead. But the Secretary also vowed that the "despicable cowards" responsible for the bombings would eventually be found, and she announced a reward of up to $2 million for information leading their arrest and conviction. She noted that President Clinton has made it "absolutely clear" that the United States "will not rest" until the perpetrators are caught. (A State Department official later told reporters that Albright will leave for Germany the morning of August 12 and return to Washington on the same plane with the bodies of the Americans on August 13. Ceremonies for the deceased will be held at Andrews Air Force Base on August 13. Albright intends to visit both the Americans and Kenyans still hospitalized in Germany.) In honoring these "dedicated professionals," Albright noted that foreign policy is "not an abstraction carried out by acronyms. She said that in the final analysis, it is conducted not by nations, departments or ministries, but by people -- people who go where comforts are few and dangers are many. By people who promote our ideals, manage our relationships, distribute our aid, and protect our citizens. By people who take pride and joy in the challenge and adventure of representing America to the world." Albright said she will, at a later date, visit both Kenya and Tanzania, where the virtually simultaneous blasts killed hundreds of people and injured thousands more. "We will work with the people and governments of Tanzania and Kenya to help them deal with their losses, which we must remember are even greater than ours," the Secretary said. Albright praised those "dedicated professionals" who serve American interests around the world. She speculated that the attacks could have been motivated by the good done by a country "that is the world's most powerful defender of freedom and justice and law." Acknowledging the imperfections of the United States, Albright emphasized that the United States "stands for the values of tolerance and openness and pluralism." Despite the tragedy of the bombings, the United States will not be intimidated, Albright said. "We will redouble our efforts to build peace and fight intolerance. We will meet our responsibility to stay engaged in the world, to keep standing up for values that the peacemakers cherish and for the future that the bomb throwers fear." Albright said the Clinton Administration is working on a budget request to rebuild the damaged embassies and upgrade security at US posts around the world. But she warned against a "bunker mentality." Isolation, she said, prevents American diplomats from doing their job. "What we will do is take all necessary precautions and have our embassies at the right security levels for the country that they are in," she said. There were no Americans killed in Dar es Salaam. The 12 Americans killed in Nairobi are: Consul General Julian Bartley and his son, Jay Bartley; Molly Hardy of the Administrative Office; Prabhi Kavaler and Michelle O'Connor, both of the General Services Office; Tom Shah, of the Political Section, Jean Dalizu and Army Sergeant Kenneth Hobson, II, both of the Defense Attache's Office; Arlene Kirk and Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Sherry Lynn Olds, both of the Military Assistance Office; Marine Sergeant Jesse N. Aliganga of the Marine Security Guard detachment, and Louise Martin, of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Edward Gnehm, Director General of the Foreign Service, also spoke at the August 10 event. He noted that US medical personnel and equipment were at the sites within hours of the explosions to help both American diplomats and Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs) employed by the embassies. A special fund is being established to help FSNs hurt in the blasts, he said. Gnehm said the families of the deceased will be brought to Washington, D.C. to participate in ceremonies to take place with the arrival of their loved ones.