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Ostreicher’s Return Fostered by Mix of Pressure and Diplomacy, Says Former Governor Bill Richardson, who served as the governor of New Mexico and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said a mixture of public pressure and private diplomacy fostered Monday’s return of Jewish contractor Jacob Ostreicher to American soil after he was held captive for more than two years in Bolivia.

“What needs to happen in successful releases is a combination of public pressure and private diplomacy,” Richardson said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “Those combinations in many cases are the roots for success.”

“With Ostreicher there was intensive public pressure by many Jewish organizations, it was very effective,” he said.

Richardson—who said he doesn’t “have all the circumstances of [Ostreicher’s] escape” from Bolivia—cited a meeting he had with Bolivian President Evo Morales a year ago as an example of the “quiet diplomacy” he and other key officials engaged in on behalf of Ostreicher.

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