Friday, June 19, 2009

Cianchette's term as ambassador to Costa Rica ends

Portland, Maine (AP) - The term of office of U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Peter Cianchette (Chin-KEHT') has ended and he says he's looking forward to returning to his home state of Maine.

In a statement released Friday by the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Cianchette said his most memorable experiences include implementation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. He also cited the many security, educational, humanitarian and disaster relief efforts that have benefited the people of Costa Rica and the U.S.

A South Portland businessman, Cianchette was nominated by President George W. Bush and became ambassador last year. He was the 2002 Republican gubernatorial nominee and headed the Bush-Cheney campaign in Maine two years later.

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