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Michael G. Kozak
Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Term of Appointment: 08/01/2004 to present

Michael G. Kozak was appointed to the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) in September 2003. From August 1, 2004 to present, Ambassador Kozak has been the Acting Assistant Secretary for DRL.

A career civil servant, Michael Kozak was named U.S. Ambassador to Belarus in 2000. He served as Chief of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Cuba from 1996-99 and Special Negotiator for Haiti from 1993-96. As special negotiator for Haiti, Mr. Kozak helped coordinate the U.S. policy to restore the democratically elected government. From 1988-91, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs and Principal Deputy Legal Adviser from 1984-88.

During the 1970s, Mr. Kozak was Assistant U.S. Negotiator for the Panama Canal Treaties under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter, and he participated in the multilateral efforts to mediate an end to the Nicaraguan civil war in 1978-79. He was a member of the U.S. mediation team that implemented the Egypt-Israel peace treaty and sought a solution to the conflict in Lebanon.

As a special presidential envoy, Michael Kozak dealt with the crisis in Panama provoked by General Noriega’s attempt to overthrow the constitutional government. As Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs at the beginning of the Bush administration, he helped Secretary Baker negotiate and implement the bipartisan accord on Central America.



Released on November 23, 2004

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