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Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Diplomat Opens Hispanic Day

By Kate Nash
Journal Capitol Bureau
    SANTA FE Mexico's ambassador to the United States, Juan José Bremer, is scheduled to address a joint session of the Legislature this morning, commencing Hispanic Cultural Day at the Roundhouse.
    Edward Romero of Albuquerque, the former U.S. ambassador to Spain, also is expected to speak, as well as House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, and Senate President Richard Romero, D-Albuquerque.
    Edward Romero said he's looking forward to Bremer's speech.
    "He is a very experienced and knowledgeable ambassador," said Romero, who served at the same time with Bremer, who also is a former ambassador to Spain.
    Bremer also served as an ambassador to Germany, Sweden and the Soviet Union, Edward Romero said.
    Bremer in addition is a former head of Mexico's National Fine Arts Institute.
    Bremer is scheduled to have lunch with Gov. Bill Richardson, who has stressed the importance of Mexico-New Mexico trade and cultural ties.
    During the joint session, awards are expected to be presented to middle and high school students who are winners in the statewide Hispanic Culture Day essay contests. Those students spent time writing about accomplishments, sacrifices and contributions of New Mexico Hispanics. Elementary students who won a related poster contest also will receive awards.
    To end the day, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra is expected to perform a free concert at 8 p.m. at the Lensic Theater in Bremer's honor, Edward Romero said.