New U.S. ambassador takes over in Kazakhstan

Associated Press Worldstream
September 3, 2004 Friday 6:55 AM Eastern Time

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A new U.S. ambassador has arrived in Kazakhstan
and assumed duties in the oil-rich Central Asian nation, the
U.S. Embassy said Friday.

John M. Ordway arrived Thursday in the Kazakh commercial center,
Almaty, where the U.S. Embassy is located, it said in a statement.

Ordway, a career diplomat, previously headed the U.S. diplomatic
mission in Armenia. He also served at the U.S. embassies in Russia
and Poland, and at the U.S. mission to NATO in Brussels, the statement
said.

Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic the size of Western Europe,
is Central Asia's most economically developed nation.

It is the only country in the region that is contributing a military
contingent to the international force in Iraq.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress