September 29, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Dimitri Negroponte, of New York, as Ambassador to Honduras. He would succeed Jack Robert Binns who is resigning.

Mr. Negroponte entered the Foreign Service in 1960 and served in Hong Kong as consular officer (1960-61) and commercial Officer (1961-63). In the Department he was administrative assistant in the Bureau of African Affairs (1963) and studied the Vietnamese language at the Foreign Service Institute (1963-64). From 1964 to 1968, he was political officer in Saigon, and a member of the United States Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. He attended Stanford University from 1969 to 1970 and was a member of the staff at the National Security Council from 1970 to 1973. In 1973 he studied the Spanish language at the Foreign Service Institute. He was counselor for political affairs in Quito (1973-75) and consul general in Thessaloniki (1975-77). In the Department he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries Affairs, with rank of Ambassador from 1977 to 1979, and since 1980 he has been Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Mr. Negroponte was born July 21, 1939, in London, England. He graduated (B.A.) in 1960 from Yale University. His foreign languages are French, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He received the Department's Superior Honor Award in 1975.