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U.S. Ambassador Marilyn Ware to Depart Finland

U.S. Embassy Helsinki | January 25, 2008
Benjamin Franklin, Maiju Korhonen, Ambassador Ware, Sanna Koponen, and John Morton

Benjamin Franklin, Maiju Korhonen, Ambassador Ware, Sanna Koponen, and John Morton

Press Release

Today Ambassador Marilyn Ware announced she will leave her post effective March 28th. Upon her departure, Deputy Chief of Mission Amy Hyatt will assume the title of Chargé d’Affaires until Ambassador Ware’s successor arrives.

Ambassador Ware has served the post for nearly two years and is returning to her home state of Pennsylvania for personal reasons. She took the oath of office at the State Department on February 7, 2006 and was accredited by President Tarja Halonen on March 9, 2006.

“The opportunity to represent President George W. Bush and Secretary Condoleezza Rice on behalf of the people of the United States has been both a great honor and an enriching experience. I am equally proud to have worked with the government and citizens of the Republic of Finland. During this process, I have made many friends and come to appreciate the wealth of talent and opportunity in Finland. While I will miss all aspects of serving here as Ambassador, now is a time when I must focus on my needs and the needs of my family. The Deputy Chief of Mission is a capable and well-informed career foreign service officer who will skillfully direct the Embassy activities,” Ambassador Ware stated.

As a private citizen, the Ambassador will remain involved in selected projects which began during her tenure in Finland. Chief among her longtime historic interests has been the accumulation and further publication of the history of John Morton, a Finnish descendant who played a pivotal role in the approval and signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1776. Ambassador Ware also intends to remain active in supporting U.S. and coalition efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

For more information contact U.S. Embassy Helsinki Press Attache Kim Hargan, hargankg@state.gov, 050-5611417