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Eagleburger to quit in January

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London (Reuter) - The acting Secretary of State, Lawrence Eagleburger, appointed to look after US foreign policy for the next four months, said on Monday he would leave government service next January, no matter who won the presidency.

Mr Eagleburger, who officially took over the State Department from James Baker on Sunday, spoke to reporters as he left to attend an international conference in London on the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

Mr Eagleburger, 62, a foreign service officer with 27 years experience, is widely respected but does not command the power and authority of Mr Baker.