Senate Confirmations 11/19: Cormack, Mustard, Miller, Cefkin, Yamate, Sison

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For the third day in a row after returning to a lame duck session, the Senate confirmed a few more nominations that had been pending for months on end waiting for the Senators to get their act together.

On Wednesday, November 19, the following nominations were finally confirmed by voice vote:

  • Maureen Elizabeth Cormack, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Allan P. Mustard, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan
  • Earl Robert Miller, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Botswana
  •  Judith Beth Cefkin, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Fiji, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu
  • Robert T. Yamate, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Madagascar, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Union of the Comoros
  • Michele Jeanne Sison, to be the Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and the Deputy Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations
  • Michele Jeanne Sison, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during her tenure of service as Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations

Six more ambassadorial nominations, all career diplomats are scheduled for a voice vote today, November 20.

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US Embassy Sarajevo: Prosecutors Charge Three Men with Terrorism Over 2011 Attack

On October 28, 2011 at 3:45 p.m. several rounds of gunfire were fired on the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  A man armed with hand grenades and an automatic weapon opened fire outside the US Embassy in Sarajevo.  He was later wounded by the Bosnian police and other possible accomplices were arrested.

On October 28, 2011, a See the video below via RT:

The gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Mevlid Jasarevic, is accused of shooting at the embassy building in Sarajevo for at least 30 minutes, striking the building more than 100 times, and wounding a policeman guarding the facility, before a police sniper immobilized him with a shot in his leg.

According to Reuters prosecutors in Bosnia charged three men with terrorism on Monday over the 2011 attack:

The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that Jasarevic, Emrah Fojnica and Munib Ahmetspahic were accused of forming a terrorist group in the northeastern village of Gornja Maoca, home to adherents of the strict Wahhabi branch of Islam.

The group aimed to improve the status of their community through violence and “terrorist activities” against state institutions and foreign diplomatic missions, the statement said. Fojnica and Ahmetspahic were charged with helping Jasarevic carry out the attack and concealing evidence.

Read in full here.

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US Embassy Sarajevo: February Blizzard

The US Embassy in Sarajevo last Friday issued an emergency message to Americans in BiH warning of continuing winter freeze:

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo informs U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) of continuing severe winter weather conditions impacting the country.  More snow and frigid temperatures are forecasted for the next seven days (February 10-17).  We urge U.S. citizens to stay alert and to monitor local weather reports closely and follow the instructions provided by local BiH officials.

The entire Federation and parts of the Republic of Srpska currently remain under a state of emergency.  Because of heavy snow and record low temperatures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, road conditions are hazardous with most roads covered in snow and ice.  In addition, the Mostar region is experiencing severe power outages.  According to press reports, regular access routes to many villages in eastern Bosnia are also blocked.  Public schools have been closed temporarily.  The airport in Sarajevo is open.

Photo from US Embassy Sarajevo/FB

Click here for more photos from the February blizzard.