U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #63, 00-06-21
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U.S. Department of State
Daily Press Briefing
I N D E X
Wednesday, June 21, 2000
Briefer: Philip Reeker
1-2 Election Results / Special Haiti Coordinator Don Steinberg In
Haiti/ Senate Races / U.S. Concerned About Results of Senate
Election/Missing Head of Electoral Council
2-4 U.S. Calls for Justice and Accountability/ Establishment of Special
Court to Bring Perpetrators / Atrocities to Justice
5-6 Pyongyang's announcement on its missile moratorium / Prospect of
High Level Talks Between Pyongyang and Washington / Easing of
Sanctions / National Missile Defense Installation / Protection of
Japan by First Phase of National Missile Defense
5 Altercation of Demonstrators at Cuban Interests Sections on April 14
5-6 Washington, Tokyo, Seoul Trilateral Discussions
7 CIS Summit in Moscow
7-10 Accreditation of Foreign Election Observers / U.S. Encourages
Release of Cuban Defectors to UNHCR
10-11 Travel of Dennis Ross/U.S. Prepared to Host Summit Meeting /
Israel-Palestinian Track / Secretary of State Visit
6-7, 11 Chinese News Agency / Secretary of State Visit
11-12 Violence in Molucca Province / Intervention of UN or Peacekeeping
Group in Inter-Religious Wars
12-13 Dispute Between the Simitis and the Greek Archbishop Christodoulos
Regarding Religious I.D. Issue
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DAILY PRESS BRIEFING
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2000, 1:45 P.M.
(ON THE RECORD UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)
MR. REEKER: Welcome to the State Department this fine Wednesday
afternoon. As you know, Spokesman Boucher is traveling with the Secretary
and her party on their way to Beijing, the first stop of her trip. So I'm
here to try to answer your questions. I have no statements today, and why
don't we go directly to our friends from the Associated Press.
QUESTION: Can you tell us your reaction to the release of the election
results in Haiti yesterday?
MR. REEKER: Yes. First of all, as Ambassador Boucher indicated
yesterday, Special Haiti Coordinator Don Steinberg is in Port au Prince
along with NSC Senior Director Valenzuela engaging with Haitian and OAS
officials in discussions regarding the issue of the senate election
results. I don't have a readout from him yet, and we expect him back in
the next day or so.
As I understand it, the six remaining active members of Haiti's nine-member
provisional electoral council issued the official results of the senate
races yesterday. These results indicate that all senate seats were won by
absolute majority in the first round; 16 of the 17 seats were won by
candidates of the Lavalas Party; one seat was one by an independent
We understand that the CEP - that is, the electoral council - issued the
results of the races also for Haiti's 83-member lower house, the Chamber of
Deputies, later last night but we don't have yet any official documentation
of those results.
Our major focus has been on the results of the senate races, and questions
arise not about how many votes were obtained by individual candidates, but
about the methodology used by the electoral council, the provisional
electoral council, in determining the winners of the races, particularly
since the published results are based on the vote tabulation methodology
that the OAS has noted is completely inconsistent with Haitian electoral
law. So we view with extreme concern the publication of results for the
senate seats that perpetuates the methodological error used in calculating
the outcome of the senate races on May 21st.
Right now we're consulting with the OAS, as I indicated. And as I
understand it, they may have a statement and we may have something further
later today once we have a better picture of the information.
QUESTION: On this, though, is there a general agreement that the
Aristide party has won all of these elections and that it's a question of,
like, whether they got less than 50 percent in some of these races but, if
the races were held again, that they would probably win but just because
there were many other competing candidates?
MR. REEKER: It's a little hard for me to get into the specifics, just
because I don't have the full readouts yet. As I indicated, Mr. Steinberg
is still in Port-au-Prince and so I don't have the full information. But I
did indicate our concern with the way - the methodology used to determine
winners of those races. As you indicated, the council issued official
results in the senate races that indicate that all the seats were won by
absolute majority in the first round and, as I said, 17 of those seats were
won by the Lavalas Party. So until I have a better picture, I can't really
make any broader comment.
As I indicated, perhaps later today we'll have statements from the OAS or
something further to give you but, at this point, that's all I can mention
now is that we do have extreme concern that the publication of these
results went ahead perpetuating this methodological error.
QUESTION: Is it true that Steinberg is in Haiti because he can't get out
because the airport is closed?
MR. REEKER: I had not heard that. I just know that he's still there and
not back here, but that we expect him back shortly. I haven't done his
travel. As you know, we have a history of not doing travel arrangements.
QUESTION: A new subject, Sierra Leone?
MR. REEKER: Was there anything else on Haiti?
QUESTION: The missing head of the electoral council --
MR. REEKER: Mr. Manus.
QUESTION: Yeah. Any word on his whereabouts?
MR. REEKER: I understand he's currently in the United States. I think
as we mentioned before, he entered on a valid visa. I don't have anything
on his whereabouts.
QUESTION: Are you seeking to discuss with him why he fled the country?
MR. REEKER: I'm not aware of any scheduled meetings at this time. I
checked into that and don't have anything official with Department of State
meeting Mr. Manus. We have met with him frequently in the past in
Ready to switch to Sierra Leone?
QUESTION: Right. What can you say about this - I don't know if it's a
formal proposal - it's an effort, at least, at the UN - to create an
international court for Foday Sankoh? Apparently, the Sierra Leonean
Government wants to be sitting in Sierra Leone. Apparently, the British
helped draft that idea for the government there.
Is this something that the US would go along with, or how would that work
in a country where they can't even keep the peacekeepers safe?
MR. REEKER: As we've said all along, we've very much called for peace
and justice and accountability in Sierra Leone, and we've said that we
would certainly support the Sierra Leoneans in their efforts.
As we touched on yesterday, I believe, President Kabbah sent a letter to
the UN Secretary General requesting assistance and setting up a special
court for Sierra Leone. As I understand it, the idea that President Kabbah
put forward is to establish a special court that would blend international
and Sierra Leonean law and would allow the international community, the
region, the Government of Sierra Leone, all to work together to bring the
principal perpetrators of atrocities in Sierra Leone to justice.
Perhaps, as you were indicating, Sierra Leonean law does not provide for
prosecutions of crimes against humanity or crimes against UN peacekeepers,
so some sort of umbrella of international legal authority would address
this deficiency. We're looking to see how we can support the effort. I
think talks are going on, certainly in New York. We want to make sure that
justice is served, so there are consultations with the Government of Sierra
Leone, with the UN and other interested parties.
The United States is, as I indicated, very actively considering options for
possible Security Council action. We're leading efforts to develop a UN
Security Council resolution with our counterparts on the UN Security
Council and, as I indicated, examining all the possible options as we seek
to respond to President Kabbah's request for international assistance. And
we'll certainly give due consideration to President Kabbah's preference
that the Government of Sierra Leone play a strong role in whatever justice
mechanism is decided upon, and there is certainly, I think, very obviously
many advantages to having a strong role for Sierra Leone in that.
QUESTION: Well, I mean, you are opposed to having this court sit in
Sierra Leone? The Kabbah government has said it only wants to use it to
try Foday Sankoh.
MR. REEKER: I think, right now, we're still looking at a number of
things to establish a special court of some sort, along with the ideas that
President Kabbah has indicated in his letter which, as I said, presented
ideas. We're discussing that, I think quite actively, with the British,
the Sierra Leoneans, and others in the international community, and trying
to see what type of a Security Council resolution we would have. So it's a
little premature to indicate one way or the other while these talks are
QUESTION: But, I mean, at this stage you're not opposed to the ideas as
he's put them forward?
MR. REEKER: I think his ideas have been very useful in presenting some
ideas. We've welcomed that from the Sierra Leoneans - ideas that include
blending international and Sierra Leonean law to allow the international
community, the regional countries and the Sierra Leoneans obviously to have
a role in this. Just once again, we have consistently called for justice
and accountability in Sierra Leone.
From our understanding of his request, this would be a unique court,
perhaps just as the mechanism being developed in Cambodia to deal with
Khmer Rouge justice issues. So we're discussing this, examining all of the
relevant legal authorities for establishing such a body, and we'll continue
apace on that.
QUESTION: On that, Phil, if it's premature to comment on the US position,
why is Ambassador Holbrooke on the record commenting on it and saying that
he doesn't think it's a good idea to set up the kind of court envisioned by
MR. REEKER: I think exactly what Ambassador Holbrooke indicated was that
we are examining all possible options as we seek to respond to his request
for international assistance. I spoke to his office this morning. We're
giving due consideration to his preference. There are a lot of advantages
to having the Sierra Leone Government have a strong role in this.
I think establishing a full-blown international tribunal, like those that
exist for the former Yugoslavia or for Rwanda, could be a very lengthy
QUESTION: But you're not ruling it out?
MR. REEKER: -- and, clearly, a lot of details have to be worked out.
We're committed to doing our part in this process. I don't think anything
has been ruled in or out. What I was indicating was that talks are ongoing
and developing a response to President Kabbah's letter, and to continuing a
process where we can get a good UN Security Council resolution and move
forward on this.
QUESTION: When you say "take into account his preference," is that
Holbrooke's personal preference to rule out at this point --
MR. REEKER: I was talking about taking into account President Kabbah's
preferences, as he outlined in the letter he sent which provided the ideas
that he was presenting as part of the discussion that we're having in the
international community more broadly, with our Security Council colleagues
more specifically, and that obviously includes ideas and thoughts from the
Any more on Sierra Leone?
QUESTION: Do you have any comment on Pyongyang's announcement on its
renewed missile moratorium?
MR. REEKER: Yes. I saw those reports. We welcome the North Korean
statement and the continued restraint by Pyongyang. This moratorium, which
covers testing of all long-range missiles, has been in effect, as you know,
since last September, and we look forward to conducting bilateral missile
talks soon to address the range of issues related to the North Korean
missile program. So we very much welcome this reaffirmation of the missile
Did you have a follow-up?
QUESTION: Do you see it could brighten the prospect about the long-
sought high-level talks between Pyongyang and Washington?
MR. REEKER: Well, I think if you go back to when Dr. Perry visited and
the Agreed Framework, all the steps that have been taken in recent days,
we've had an active dialogue there and a process. As I indicated just now
and we discussed back at the beginning of the month, we've had a set of
preparatory talks that took place in Rome on having the next set of missile
talks, and we expect to conduct some bilateral missile talks soon to
address the range of issues.
So, obviously, this reaffirmation that the North Koreans announced is
something we welcome very much. And that moratorium which has been in
place since September is also something we want to see continued.
QUESTION: Phil, for the past couple of briefings I've asked about the
particulars or the outcome of the assault on April 14th by personnel from
the Cuban Interest Section on protesters across the street. And from what
I've learned, the Metropolitan Police has given its report to the US
Attorney, and they are reviewing it.
And I would like to know if the State Department has assigned a person to
keep his eye on this matter and to keep in close touch with the US
Attorneys so appropriate action can be taken.
MR. REEKER: I'd have to check on the specifics. I don't have anything
to add to what Ambassador Boucher had for you earlier in the week on that.
We have regular dialogue certainly with the Justice Department on a variety
of issues, but I can look into it and see if there is a specific point of
contact on that issue.
QUESTION: Can I go back to Korea for one second?
MR. REEKER: Sure.
QUESTION: Is there a trilateral session coming up with Washington, Tokyo
and Seoul that's been switched to Hawaii, I think the report was, so as to
not aggravate the North Koreans?
MR. REEKER: I can check into that. I don't have any news of that. We
do have regular trilateral discussions between or among the United States,
South Korea and Japan. That's been part of our regular process for some
time, and I know Honolulu is often a site for those things given the
geography involved in travel there. But I don't have anything for you on
anything specific to that.
Anything else on Korea?
QUESTION: On North Korea, Coca-Cola announced today that it had sent in
its first shipment of soft drinks. Do you have any comment on that - into
MR. REEKER: I hadn't seen that report, but I take it obviously that's
under the easing of sanctions which went into effect on Monday. But I
don't have anything specific to give you on that.
QUESTION: Mr. Reeker, yesterday at the Defense Department, Mr. Jacques
Gansler and General Ronald Kadish gave an extensive briefing on national
missile defense, stating many details, but never got to the point of saying
outright the national missile defense to be located - the first stage of it
to be located on the Aleutians was to prevent nuclear blackmail by North
Korea of the United States directly.
And my question is: Does this particular installation, this first
installation, is it designed to protect Japan from nuclear blackmail by the
North Koreans by missile-borne warheads?
MR. REEKER: I think probably you should have asked your question at the
Pentagon at that briefing. I don't have anything to add for you on NMD or
specifics of the proposal, other than that we're going to make the
appropriate decision at the appropriate time. So I really don't have
anything to give you on that.
QUESTION: You couldn't say if Japan is to be protected by the first
phase of the national missile defense? You couldn't --
MR. REEKER: The national missile defense program is designed to protect
all 50 states from emerging ballistic missile threat from states like Iran,
Iraq, North Korea, as we've discussed many times. And so I really don't
have anything more to add. You're familiar with the criteria that will be
used in making a decision. The President will make the appropriate
decision at the appropriate time.
QUESTION: There has been reports in a Washington paper that the Chinese
news agency has purchased a building with direct line sight of the Pentagon,
and there have been some concerns expressed that this could pose some sort
of a threat to security.
MR. REEKER: Obviously, that would be a question you would want to direct
to the Pentagon. I don't usually deal with their security, but I did see
QUESTION: Is the State Department not concerned about foreign - does the
State Department consider that Xinhua is an agent of the Chinese Government,
or is it considered a private news agency?
MR. REEKER: I would have to look into what the technical definition of
Xinhua is and how they're registered. I'm not certain of that, but I think
that's a matter - the question at hand is a matter for the Pentagon to
QUESTION: Phil, can I try one more on missile defense?
MR. REEKER: Sure. I had so much to give you on the last question.
QUESTION: I know. I'm going to try anyway. The CIS summit ended in
Moscow today by praising Putin's stand on ABM as not in the interests of
world security. Do you have any reaction or comment?
MR. REEKER: I saw that wire story, too, and it came over my line at 1:37
Eastern Standard Time. I don't have anything particular on that. I don't
think there's anything new to add today on the NMD discussion, and I just
don't have any specifics on the CIS summit which took place in Moscow.
MR. REEKER: Zimbabwe, sure.
QUESTION: Do you have anything new regarding the accreditations of
foreign observers? And, more generally, what's your assessment of the
situation there three days ahead of the election?
MR. REEKER: Further to add to what Ambassador Boucher said yesterday, we
deplore the decision to refuse accreditation to the US election observer
delegation, which includes members of the International Republican
Institute, the National Democratic Institute, and the US Embassy in
The lack of accreditation and the Government of Zimbabwe's limitation on
observer access will detract from the credibility of the elections which
are due to take place this weekend, June 24 and 25. That is going to
further tarnish Zimbabwe's reputation for holding open elections. The
Government of Zimbabwe's actions are certainly a setback to the democratic
process. The Government of Zimbabwe and the ruling Zimbabwe African
National Union Patriotic Front is primarily responsible for these deeply
troubling developments and the election climate which we see now in
We still hope very much that the people of Zimbabwe will be able to express
their views this weekend in the elections and that the voting process will
be free of manipulation and intimidation. I'll note, as Ambassador Boucher
mentioned yesterday, the deadline for the observers to be accredited is
June 22nd. We've urged - and we continue to urge - the Government of
Zimbabwe to accredit all foreign election observers, governmental and
nongovernmental, before that deadline.
We've been in touch at the highest available levels of the Zimbabwean
Government to urge reconsideration of their decision. I think both the
International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute
put out some strongly worded statements on the situation in Zimbabwe
yesterday. I would refer you to them for their specific plans. I'd also
note that we are concerned that 17 African observers belonging to the
European Union delegation were denied accreditation as well. We call upon
the Government of Zimbabwe once again to accredit all international
QUESTION: Do you mean that US diplomats were denied accreditations?
MR. REEKER: It is also our understanding that employees of embassies in
Zimbabwe will not be given observer accreditation, which would be required
for them to enter polling places and counting centers.
I mean, this is truly a sort of outrageous step against the standard
practice. It makes absolutely no sense. And our diplomats will of course
monitor other aspects of the election process as they have been doing up to
this point but, without the accreditation, they can not effectively observe
the actual polling and counting process.
The limitations on diplomats' access as election observers hinders the
diplomats' ability to observe the elections in any sort of meaningful way,
and we strongly disagree with such actions to limit observation efforts.
And we really, as I indicated at the beginning, deplore the Government of
Zimbabwe's failure to create a climate conducive to credible elections.
QUESTION: The government has said that it was just because these are
NGOs and they're not going to accredit NGOS, but they would credit foreign
officials. So you are saying that that is incorrect; that they have also
refused to accredit foreign --
MR. REEKER: My understanding is that they have said they will not
accredit NGOs; they will accredit foreign officials but not employees of
embassies in Zimbabwe, which makes no sense and, as I indicated, certainly
flies in the face of standard diplomatic practice as, again, as sort of
effort which fails to create any kind of conducive climate for credible
QUESTION: By employees of embassies, do you mean Zimbabwean citizens who
are employed by the embassies, or American citizens who are attached to the
MR. REEKER: I understand diplomats. Our diplomats generally all over
the world observe elections and are accredited as election observers. The
Government of Zimbabwe has given us the understanding that our people at
our embassy there will not be given observer accreditation. And while we
will continue - our diplomats will continue to monitor other aspects of the
election process without the accreditation, they'll be unable to enter
polling places and they will be unable to effectively monitor and observe
actual polling and counting processes.
QUESTION: Phil, is this unprecedented?
MR. REEKER: I would have to go back into the annals of electoral process
and the standards of international observation, but I would point you to
the statements released yesterday by the International Republican Institute
and the National Democratic Institute, which would lead one to believe that
this was a most unusual and perhaps unprecedented step.
MR. REEKER: Yes. Zimbabwe?
MR. REEKER: Then let's go to Terri.
QUESTION: There are reports again that the US has invited these
defecting Cuban doctors to come to the US. Have we been able to confirm
MR. REEKER: I don't have anything further for you on that, other than to
say that we continue to push the Government of Zimbabwe to release the
doctors to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the appropriate
and required step under international law.
QUESTION: You don't know whether there's been an offer made to them that
they would be welcome to come to the US?
MR. REEKER: I am not in a position to discuss that.
QUESTION: Can you just - and I know that I'm just not understanding this,
but you're right; it doesn't make any sense. So the Zimbabweans, they have
said that they would accredit foreign officials. So did they say to the US,
we want to accredit your foreign officials or we want to credit specifically
those that work at the embassy? And have you offered other officials, or
would you, if they continued to not --
MR. REEKER: My understanding is that employees of embassies, not just
the United States Embassy, but embassies in Harare, in Zimbabwe, will not
be given observer accreditation, which is what they would require to enter
the polling places and the counting centers, which is contrary, completely,
to the earlier suggestions that foreign officials would be accredited as
election observers. My understanding is that's still the case if the
foreign official comes from outside of the established embassy community.
QUESTION: Are you thinking about offering? Are you looking for
officials that might --
MR. REEKER: I'll have to check and see. What we're saying right now, a
day before the accreditation deadline approaches, is that we're urging, as
we have done, the Government of Zimbabwe to accredit all foreign election
observers: governmental, nongovernmental, accredited diplomats, and any
non-diplomats that are coming for this purpose before that deadline.
QUESTION: Middle East?
MR. REEKER: Middle East, sure.
QUESTION: It's mid-week.
MR. REEKER: It's mid-week.
QUESTION: Is Dennis traveling today?
MR. REEKER: My understanding is that Dennis Ross expects to leave later
today for Israel.
QUESTION: He has to return his tux from last night.
QUESTION: Have you heard from the Israelis about the date that they want
a three-way summit?
MR. REEKER: I mean, think we sort of covered that yesterday in terms of
the various press reports that we have seen. Just to reiterate again, the
President has clearly stated that he's prepared to host a summit with Prime
Minister Barak and Chairman Arafat once the necessary basis has been
achieved. The purpose of such a summit would be to reach a permanent
status agreement. As the Secretary stated, she's going to go to the region
next week, after she's in Poland, to determine if we have, at that point, a
basis to go to a summit or if more work is necessary to reach that
QUESTION: But have the Israelis proposed a date yet to you?
MR. REEKER: Not that I'm aware of. I mean, the whole point is a
determination has to be made whether we're at the point, and that's what
the Secretary will do next week, to have a summit - whether the conditions
are there, whether we've got the basis achieved to have a summit, the
purpose of which will be to reach a permanent status agreement.
QUESTION: Can you tell what some of those conditions would be? It seems
a bit early if they haven't come to any accord at this point for people to
be talking about a summit within a couple of days.
MR. REEKER: I'm not going to get into the specifics of the conditions.
The President made very clear that he is prepared to host a summit when the
appropriate basis exists. And those are determinations that will be made
by the Secretary when she visits the region next week, and obviously
something Ambassador Ross will be looking at very closely after he arrives
tomorrow. I think that's all we're prepared to say at this point.
MR. REEKER: Anymore on the Middle East? It saves me flipping pages.
QUESTION: Does the Secretary know whether she will have a meeting with
President Jiang, and what are the issues on the agenda there? We've seen
them stressed out - spelled out before,, Maybe you could -
MR. REEKER: I don't have anything more specific now on China than what
we've already given. I believe there was a background briefing here a
couple of days ago in preparation for the Secretary's trip. I don't have a
schedule of meetings. To coin a phrase, I refer you to the traveling party
who are currently still in the air. And obviously the most current
information will be available after they arrive in Beijing on their
schedule. They should be arriving there in the next couple of hours, I
QUESTION: Thank you. Yes, sir. Mr. Reeker, there have been reports of
more inter-religious fighting and assassinations by Muslims of Christians
in yet another island in Indonesia. And my question is not only what is
the reaction of the State Department, but what do you think - what does the
US Government think about Indonesia's ability to keep this kind of civil
strife from breaking out, especially this kind of hatred?
MR. REEKER: I believe you're referring to the press reports - and we've
also had embassy reports - of violence in the Malukus.
QUESTION: That's correct.
MR. REEKER: These reports indicate that at least 114 people have died
and 70 have been injured during the latest clashes in the Maluku province.
We're deeply concerned about the intensifying cycle of violence and
retaliation between Christian and Muslim communities in the Maluku
provinces. We're especially troubled by the fact that the security forces
have proven either unwilling or unable to stop large-scale attacks on
So we're urging the Government of Indonesia to take immediate and effective
measures to prevent further bloodshed; in particular, the government should
prevent organized groups from initiating attacks and stop extremists from
outside areas from inflaming the situation and engaging in violence. So
we're calling upon all parties to show restraint, refrain from violence,
and resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiation.
QUESTION: Is it time, perhaps, that the UN or some peacekeeping group
might intervene in these kinds of inter-religious wars?
MR. REEKER: I think I've made our position fairly clear. We're calling
upon the government to take steps and effective measures to prevent further
bloodshed, and we're calling upon the groups involved to show the restraint
necessary to stop the violence and resolve their differences through a
dialogue. The violence isn't going to accomplish anything, as we've seen
time and time again around the world. They need to have a dialogue and
some sort of negotiation to see an end to this tragedy.
QUESTION: Thank you.
QUESTION: Is 114 from the Embassy, or is that just based on wire
MR. REEKER: My information is press and Embassy reports indicating that.
I think we try we try to use a combination. We're not in a position
necessarily to get precise counts in locations like that, but those are the
numbers that I've seen.
QUESTION: What is the US position on the religious ID issue? I mean the
right of every individual to express his religious belief on an ID
MR. REEKER: I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the issue you're describing.
QUESTION: As you might be aware there is a dispute for this specific
issue between the government, of course, the Simitis and the Greek
Archbishop in Athens, Mr. Christodoulos So may we hear your comment?
MR. REEKER: I think that's an issue that's a Greek internal issue and
we'll leave it for the Government of Greece and the Archbishop to work
QUESTION: But how do you explain the fact that, according to the reports,
the Greek religious - this matter was discussed separately among US Embassy
officials in Athens, the Greek church, and the governmental officials? So
I would like to hear your comment.
MR. REEKER: My experience, having worked in embassies, is we often
discuss matters of local interst with relevant parties as part of our daily
work in terms of understanding and carrying out diplomatic relations with a
country. That doesn't mean that we take a position or that we enunciate
any postion. We're interested in hearing what people have to say.
QUESTION: But as US Government, you do not have position on a religious
ID, that somebody has the right to express his religious belief?
MR. REEKER: I'd be happy to refer to our religious freedom reports,
which come out regularly, and perhaps you can find something there. What
we do in our country, I think, is very well known in terms of freedom of
religion, and I just don't have anything for you on a specific Greek
QUESTION: But, the other day, five days ago in the Congress, there was a
specific hearing on religious freedom and beliefs in Europe. (Inaudible) -
the European Union it was a great concern on the part of some congressmen
for a lot of anti-religious attitudes on the part of some European
countries. So how come --
MR. REEKER: I'll let those congressmen speak for themselves. As you
know, I'm here representing the State Department, the Executive Branch. I
don't have anything for you on this.
QUESTION: As far as for the US Government, there is not anything on that
MR. REEKER: I'd be happy to check into it, as usual.
QUESTION: Thank you.
MR. REEKER: Anything else? Thank you.
(The briefing was concluded at 2:25 P.M.)