Story posted January 27, 2009
Former Senator George J. Mitchell '54, appointed U.S. envoy to the Middle East on January 22, 2009, is the subject of an Associated Press article carried in the Jan. 27, 2009, edition of the Chicago Tribune.
The article, "At Outset of First Mideast Mission, George Mitchell Brings Record of Patience, Persistence," details the beginnings of the mission — including a meeting Monday with President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton.
The article recalls Mitchell's success in producing Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace accord in 1998 and the April 2001 Mitchell report urging Israel to freeze settlements in the West Bank while calling on Palestinians to prevent gunmen in Palestinian-populated areas from firing on Israeli towns and cities.
Retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering '53 is quoted in the article saying Mitchell's conclusions and recommendations were "entirely right" for the circumstances at that time.
The article mentions that the two were at Bowdoin together and notes high praise from Pickering.
"He's a man of great patience, of fantastic balance, of fantastic integrity and enormous persistence, and those are all the qualities that will make it possible for him to make progress on this," says Pickering in the article.
"I would think there would be nobody better equipped than George Mitchell to take on this very difficult task."