THE NEW US Ambassador to Slovakia, Vincent Obsitnik, arrived in Bratislava on December 6. Obsitnik took up the job after Rodolphe Vallee, the SITA newswire wrote.
“My wife Annemarie and I thank you very much for a warm welcome. We are both very happy to be here, in Slovakia,” the Slovak-born Obsitnik said in a press release.
In the coming weeks, the new ambassador plans to meet with Slovak representatives and citizens, to introduce himself and learn about their opinions.
Obsitnik was born in Moravany in eastern Slovakia in 1938, but emigrated to the US with his parents the same year. After a career as a business executive with IBM, Unisys, and Litton Corporations, he was a presidential appointee to the US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad from October 2001 to July 2006.
As a member of that commission, Obsitnik initiated a campaign to restore and preserve wooden 17th- and 18th-century churches in Slovakia.
17. Dec 2007 at 0:00 | <i>Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports</i>