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WASHINGTON - Richard Holbrooke, the diplomat who brokered the accord that ended the war in Bosnia and served as U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, died on Monday. Holbrooke, 69, whose government career spanned nearly five decades and ranged from junior diplomat in ...
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World pays tribute to US diplomat Richard Holbrooke
14 December 2010 - Mr Holbrooke was meeting Hillary Clinton in Washington on Friday when he collapsed
President Barack Obama leads tributes to the work of the US diplomat, Richard Holbrooke, who died following heart surgery on Monday at the age of 69. Mr Obama called him a "true giant of American foreign policy". Mr Holbrooke helped broker the 1995 Dayton agreement that ended the Bosnian war. More recently, he was US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Both Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani leader Asif Ali Zardari said they were saddened by his death. But the Taliban said he had failed to survive the pressure of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan.

'Huge vacuum'

Mr Holbrooke was meeting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Friday morning when he collapsed. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he underwent a 21-hour operation to repair a tear in his aorta - the largest artery in the human body, which carries oxygenated blood from the heart. Mr Holbrooke had additional surgery on Sunday and remained in a very critical condition until his death.

On Monday evening, Mr Obama told reporters: "Michelle and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Richard Holbrooke, a true giant of American foreign policy who has made America stronger, safer and more respected. "He was a truly unique figure who will be remembered for his tireless diplomacy, love of country, and pursuit of peace." Mr Holbrooke deserved much credit for the progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan since he became the US envoy in January 2009, he added.

Mr Karzai praised his efforts - even though his spokesman, Waheed Omar, recognised that the relationship had not always been easy. "We had good times and we had not so good times in our dealings," he said. "But overall the president respected Richard Holbrooke for what he has achieved over a long period as a seasoned and accomplished diplomat."

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Holbrooke's death complicates Af-Pak peace efforts
Dec 14,`10 -- The late U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke's stature, tenacity and extensive contacts allowed him to weave together once-separate diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Replacing him will be difficult.
Holbrooke, who died Monday in Washington following surgery for a tear in his aorta, had extensive background in major posts from Vietnam to Germany and the former Yugoslavia. "The office was created essentially for him and built by him to try to enable diplomatic and civilian side efforts to connect what had been two stove-piped policies under the last administration," said Daniel Markey, a South Asia expert with the Council on Foreign Relations. "Ambassador Holbrooke was playing a multilayered game. This is not an easy job."

"When he spoke to the powerful in the region it was clear he had the ear of those to whom he spoke because he had the ear of the powers in Washington," said Michael Corgan, a professor of international relations at Boston University. "There is no one on the horizon to replace him in this role." In Afghanistan, Holbrooke, 69, was the civilian point man for the Obama administration's push to shift more responsibility to Afghan troops and the Afghan government so that U.S. troops could withdraw. In Pakistan, Holbrooke tried to improve the U.S. image through humanitarian aid, while nudging the military and government to eradicate safe havens for Taliban and al-Qaida militants on their side of the border with Afghanistan.

After repeated visits over many months to both countries, Holbrooke's efforts had yielded mixed results. He seemed to have reached a comfort level with Pakistan's civilian leaders, and his death could mean that the U.S. may have to rely more on its military-to-military contacts in the coming months to press its agenda in Islamabad, analysts said. But his efforts in Kabul faltered in part because he had a frosty relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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