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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of Alexander Fletcher Watson To Be Deputy United States Representative to the United Nations


The President today announced his intention to nominate Alexander Fletcher Watson to be the Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He would succeed Herbert Stuart Okun. Mr. Watson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor.

Ambassador Watson entered the Foreign Service in 1962. He initially served as a consular officer in Santo Domingo, 1962 - 1964, and Madrid, 1964 - 1966. Following these assignments he served in the Department of State as an intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, 1966 - 1968. In 1968 he attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Ambassador Watson was a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, 1969 - 1970; principal officer, American consulate in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 1970 - 1973; and country officer, Office of Brazilian Affairs, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State, 1973 - 1975. In 1975 Ambassador Watson was named Special Assistant for Legislative and Public Affairs to the Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs. In 1977 Ambassador Watson became Deputy Director, and then Director, of the Bureau's Office of Development Finance. He then served as deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassies in Bolivia, 1979 - 1981; Colombia, 1981 - 1984; and Brazil, 1984 - 1986. Since 1986 Ambassador Watson has been serving as Ambassador to the Republic of Peru.

Ambassador Watson graduated from Harvard College (A.B., 1961) and the University of Wisconsin (M.A., 1969). He was born August 8, 1938, in Boston, MA. Ambassador Watson is married and has two children.

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