Washington: Former US secretary of state
Lawrence Eagleburger, a career foreign service officer who
served briefly as the top diplomat under president George H W
Bush at the end of the Cold War, died today, officials said.
He was 80.
"With the passing of former Secretary of State
Lawrence Eagleburger, our nation has lost a distinguished
diplomat and public servant," President Barack Obama said in a
statement released by the White House.
Eagleburger, the first career foreign service officer
to be named secretary of state, "devoted his life to the
security of our nation and to strengthening our ties with
allies and partners," Obama added, noting his "more than four
decades of service" to US diplomacy.
At the State Department, he "helped our nation
navigate the pivotal days during the fall of the Berlin Wall
and the end of the Cold War," the president said.
There were no immediate details released on the cause
Current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed
Eagleburger as a strong voice and stalwart champion for
America`s values," noting that "his passing is America`s
Eagleburger, who ran the State Department for five
months in 1992, was "one of the most capable and respected
diplomats our foreign service ever produced," Bush said in a
statement quoted by US media.