Text: H.Con.Res.335 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)

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[Congressional Bills 111th Congress]
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[H. Con. Res. 335 Enrolled Bill (ENR)]

        H.Con.Res.335
                                     Agreed to December 18, 2010        

                      One Hundred Eleventh Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

          Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
             the fifth day of January, two thousand and ten


                          Concurrent Resolution

Whereas Ambassador Richard Holbrooke devoted nearly 50 years of his 
  life to public service, working tirelessly to defend United States 
  interests abroad and foster peace amongst warring factions for the 
  betterment of United States and international stability and security;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke was a proud New York native who attended 
  Scarsdale High School before continuing his education at Brown 
  University in 1962, where he was editor of the Brown Daily Herald;

Whereas one month after graduating from university, Ambassador 
  Holbrooke, inspired by President Kennedy's call to service, entered 
  the Foreign Service, where he spent the next 6 years focused on 
  Vietnam, including serving with the United States Agency for 
  International Development (USAID) in the Mekong Delta, as an 
  assistant to Ambassadors Henry Cabot Lodge and Maxwell Taylor, as an 
  author of one volume of the Pentagon Papers, and a member of the team 
  led by Averell Harriman and future Secretary of State Cyrus Vance at 
  the Paris Peace talks in 1968;

Whereas from 1970 to 1972 Ambassador Holbrooke served as the Peace 
  Corps Director in Morocco;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke was the only person to have served as 
  Assistant Secretary of State for two regions of the world, having 
  served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific 
  Affairs from 1977 to 1981, during which he was a tireless advocate 
  for the expanded admission of tens of thousands of Indochinese 
  refugees to the United States, and as Assistant Secretary of State 
  for European and Canadian Affairs from 1994 to 1996;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke brokered the 1995 Dayton Accords which 
  ended over 3 years of bloody sectarian war that took the lives of 
  more than 100,000 Bosnians;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke marshaled many diplomatic and military 
  tools and deftly negotiated concessions from all warring factions 
  that created the conditions for peace;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke's relentless pursuit of a negotiated 
  solution to ethnic and religious conflict in Bosnia saved tens of 
  thousands of innocent lives;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke served as United States Ambassador to 
  Germany from 1993 to 1994, where he helped to found the American 
  Academy of Berlin, a center for United States-German cultural 
  exchange;

Whereas from 1999 to 2001, Ambassador Holbrooke served as the United 
  States Permanent Representative to the United Nations where he was a 
  critical partner in the implementation of Congressionally-led efforts 
  to lower the dues the United States paid to the United Nations, to 
  implement certain reforms to the United Nations financial system, to 
  settle substantial and longstanding United States arrears to the 
  United Nations, to improve management within the United Nations, to 
  include Israel in the United Nations' Western European and Others 
  Group, to end Israel's longtime exclusion from regional 
  deliberations, to render more effective the United Nations' efforts 
  to address conflicts and save lives in Africa and East Timor, and to 
  raise the profile of public health as a matter of global security, 
  including through debate and passage of United Nations Security 
  Council Resolution 1308 on HIV/AIDS;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke continued to marshal international 
  attention and resources to combat the HIV/AIDS crisis by catalyzing 
  the private sector response to the global AIDS pandemic through the 
  Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, 
  which mobilized corporations to address HIV/AIDS, garnered CEOs to be 
  an advocacy force in the fight, and served as the private sector 
  focal point for the Global Fund on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and 
  Malaria;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke served as a steadfast emissary of the 
  United States as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and 
  Pakistan, tirelessly advocating for United States interests and peace 
  in the region, mobilizing unprecedented international support, 
  facilitating economic, transit, trade, and security cooperation 
  between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and working to enhance stability, 
  to build prosperity, and to counter extremism and terrorism in the 
  region;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke forged a new civilian-led, multi-agency 
  approach seeking to bring stability and development to the lives of 
  millions striving for a better future;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke was one of the most talented diplomats for 
  the United States and possessed a fierce determination and 
  intelligence in advocating for United States security interests 
  around the world, including in Southeast Asia and post-Cold War 
  Europe, at the United Nations, and most recently in Afghanistan and 
  Pakistan;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke was a prolific writer and communicator, 
  serving as the Managing Editor of Foreign Policy, authoring works 
  such as ``To End A War'', ``Counsel to the President'', one volume of 
  the Pentagon Papers, and a monthly column in The Washington Post, and 
  sharing the art of mediation with countless audiences;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke lent his expertise toward the improvement 
  of management and organization for a host of nongovernmental 
  organizations, serving as a board member of Refugees International, 
  the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Endowment for 
  Democracy, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Citizens 
  Committee for New York City, as Chairman of the Asia Society, as 
  Founding Chairman of the American Academy in Berlin, and as a Woodrow 
  Wilson Scholar;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke motivated many Americans to enter public 
  service and served as an inspirational leader and public servant, 
  mentoring countless United States Department of State officers and 
  future ambassadors;

Whereas from Southeast Asia to post-Cold War Europe and around the 
  globe, people have a better chance of a peaceful future because of 
  Ambassador Holbrooke's lifetime of service;

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke was renowned internationally for his 
  energy, persistence, sharp intellect, and skills of persuasion; and

Whereas Ambassador Holbrooke leaves behind his beloved wife Kati, sons 
  David and Anthony, step-children Elizabeth and Chris, daughter-in-law 
  Sarah, four grandchildren, and countless friends and colleagues: Now, 
  therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), 
That Congress--
        (1) honors the exceptional achievements of Ambassador Richard 
    Holbrooke and recognizes the significant contributions he has made 
    to United States national security, humanitarian causes, and 
    peaceful resolutions of international conflict; and
        (2) respectfully requests that the Clerk of the House transmit 
    an enrolled copy of this resolution to the family of Ambassador 
    Richard Holbrooke.
Attest:

                                 Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Attest:

                                               Secretary of the Senate.