The executive director, Charles Kartman, a former U.S. negotiator with the North, has been a strong proponent of discussions with the isolated communist state and has long been viewed with suspicion by key members of the Bush administration.
" /> European Union
, has asked Kartman
to stay on for three months while a successor is chosen.
The board "expressed its gratitude for Ambassador Kartman's willingness to stay on during a transition period," one KEDO source said.Kartman
could not be reached for comment.
"They have had difficulty killing it outright and too much resistance from the (U.S.) allies, so now they are killing it softly" by forcing Kartman
out of KEDO, one Kartman partisan said.
...Kartman, a 26-year career U.S. diplomat with a specialty in East Asia, joined KEDO as executive director in May 2001.Prior to that he was U.S. special envoy for the Korean peace talks and concurrently served as U.S. representative to and chairman of KEDO's executive board, until retiring from the State Department in April 2001.
...Reuters Photo: Executive director of the Korean Energy Development Organisation (KEDO) Charles Kartman talks to South Korean ...