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U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #69, 00-07-05

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From: The Department of State Foreign Affairs Network (DOSFAN) at <http://www.state.gov>


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U.S. Department of State

Daily Press Briefing

I N D E X

Wednesday, July 5, 2000

Briefer: RICHARD BOUCHER_

MEXICO
1,7,12	President-elect Fox and Comments on US-Mexico Relationship
MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
2-5	Israeli-Palestinian Meetings at Camp David Next Week
2	Secretary Albrightís Participation in Meetings
2	Secretary Albright Unable to Attend G-8 Ministerial in Japan
2	Press Arrangements for Coverage of Meetings
2,3	Size and Members of Delegations/Arrival of Delegations
2-5	Expectations For and Timing of Summit
3	Chairman Arafatís on Declaring Palestinian State and Summit
CYPRUS
5-6	UN Secretary General Opens Third Session of Cyprus Talks in Geneva
ETHIOPIA / ERITREA
6-7	Expert Level Talks in Washington
UNITED NATIONS
7	President Clintonís Signing of Two UN Protocols on Child
	 Soldiers and The Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child
	 Pornography
IRAN
7-8	Reported Denial of Visas to US Soccer Team / Fingerprinting of
	 Iranian Team 
IRAQ
8	Reports Iraq Testing Short-Range Missiles
FRANCE / EUROPEAN UNION
8-9	European Parliamentís Decision to Investigate Charges of US
	 Industrial Espionage 
CHINA / SINGAPORE / JAPAN
10	Visit of Senior Adviser John Holum and Delegation to Beijing,
	 Singapore and Tokyo 
INDONESIA
11	Indonesia Defense Ministerís Comments on US Embargo on Sale of
	 Military Equipment 
TURKEY
12	Turkish Appellate Courtís Upholding of Conviction of Former
	 Prime Minister Erbakan 
CENTRAL ASIA
12-13	Counter-Terrorism Summit

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DAILY PRESS BRIEFING

DPB #69

JULY 5, 2000, 1:08 P.M.

(ON THE RECORD UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

MR. BOUCHER: Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Thanks for waiting.

I don't have any announcements today so I would be glad to take your questions. Mr. Gedda?

QUESTION: Vincente Fox had a news conference yesterday and talked quite a bit about his thoughts on relations with the US. He talked about migration issues, oil prices. Do you have any thoughts on any of that?

MR. BOUCHER: Well, I think the first thing to note is that the President talked to Mr. Fox yesterday Ė yesterday? -- Monday and certainly weíve made quite clear, first of all, our belief that this election was a triumph for democracy in the democratic process in Mexico and the Mexican people. Weíve congratulated President Elect Fox. We also think that President Zedillo has made an enormous contribution to Mexican democracy and that his leadership, commitment and dedication made all this possible.

The issue of our relationships, obviously we look forward to working very closely and cooperatively with the new Fox administration especially on all these important issues that you mention of trade, of migration, of narcotics. And I think the President just said in his news conference that he would look forward to meeting with Mr. Fox sometime in the near future or sometime during the course of this year.

So I think we would have to leave it at that for the moment, other than our interest in the same issues and our willingness to work together with the new administration in Mexico.

QUESTION: In Mexico, have you seen anything in the last few days since the election that would either give you confidence and/or cause for concern that Mr. Fox will be able to bring about the reforms that he wants to do?

MR. BOUCHER: I think you have to be clear that heís not yet nominated. We continue to work with the Mexican administration on all of these issues that are of great importance to both our countries. And, certainly, we recognize the importance of the issues that heís raised and we look forward to working with him on that. But at this point, itís too early to start making judgments of whether he can or cannot do what he intends.

QUESTION: Can we go to Ė somewhat related to the Mid East, can you say how the summit next week is going to affect, if at all, the Secretaryís travel plans?

MR. BOUCHER: She will not Ė she will not be able to go the G-8 ministerial. She has placed a phone call to the Japanese host, the foreign minister there, but I don't think sheís actually connected and spoken to him yet. And she will be talking to her other G-8 counterparts about it. The Secretary will be full time at Camp David. She will be actively engaged in the process throughout. As the President made clear, he is prepared to devote as much time as necessary but he may be in and out of the process; the Secretary will be a full-time, active presence there in various levels of meetings we expect to occur. There will be trilateral meetings with the leaders, there will be different meetings with the Secretary, there will be meetings between the Israelis and Palestinians. There will be negotiatorsí meetings and the Secretary will be working in all of those levels actively during the process.

QUESTION: Two things. One is, who is going to go to the G-8 and, secondly, does that mean that you are also going to be there and that this whole operation is going to move to someplace in Maryland?

MR. BOUCHER: Itís funny you should ask. Thereís a scheduling meeting going on right now.

QUESTION: But you donít have that?

MR. BOUCHER: But I don't have a final answer on that one yet. But I think Ė I would expect it to be something like previous models of this nature, in that there would be a significant press operation connected with it, although perhaps not Ė probably not Ė almost definitely not at the site. The Ė

QUESTION: (Inaudible) Ė White House Ė

MR. BOUCHER: The second question you asked about who would go in the Secretaryís stead to the G-8, we donít have anything to announce on that yet.

QUESTION: Can you give us some idea of how large the delegations might be that will come to the summit, whether there will be any limitation on the numbers of people that can be brought from each side? And also what happened between last week, last Wednesday, Thursday and now that has made it possible for this summit to go forward?

MR. BOUCHER: Two things. On the size of the delegations that would be there, I can't give you any numbers at this stage. But I guess I would have to say that Camp David is a fairly small place. How many exactly it accommodates from each side in configurations, I think that is something the White House will have to answer for us. But generally itís a fairly small place.

On what happened in the last several days, I think what youíve seen is a process thatís been taken through the level of negotiators, itís been taken through the level of the Secretaryís various visits. And whatís happened is a realization that if we are to address, and we hope resolve, all the core issues of the permanent status, that the remaining decisions have to be made at the leadersí level.

So the process that weíve gone through has, you might say, clarified the issues, laid out the issues that need to be decided but there is a realization on our part, on the Presidentís part and I think now shared among the parties that the time for decisions and the place for decisions is at a summit of the leaders.

QUESTION: And one other follow to that if I may, just quickly, there has been some mention in the Palestinian press about having more than one summit. Is it your expectation that this is it, we will not be talking about yet another summit later on in the summer?

MR. BOUCHER: The goal is to reach agreement on all the core issues of permanent status. And that is the intention at this summit and that is what we would hope to do here and now.

QUESTION: Do you have any details at all about then arrival dates for the negotiators who, I understand, are coming in advance of the summit? What areas they will be considering, where they will be meeting?

MR. BOUCHER: No, I don't have any more sort of logistical detail on the negotiators. They will come a few days in advance, they will have meetings in the Washington area, not necessarily at the summit site. The goal I think is to work with them and with the parties in the context of an upcoming summit to see if there is more that we can do at that level, more that we can do to lay out, clarify the issues, look for possible areas of agreement and therefore to have some meetings in advance of the leadersí arrival with the negotiators. But clearly in the context of the summit, because that does change the dynamic to some extent.

QUESTION: What has Chairman Arafat told US officials regarding his determination to declare a Palestinian state? Now that heís agreed to the summit, has he told the President or other officials that heíll hold off on that declaration until he sees the outcome? What is the current status of that?

MR. BOUCHER: I don't know. I don't have anything new on that that I can share.

QUESTION: Then also if I could just follow up on something the Secretary said I think last week, which was, a lot of people are questioning whether or not this has more to do with the Presidentís timing rather than the timing in the Middle East and the Secretary was quoted as having said that the timing Ė one of the dates that weíre looking at for the timing in the Middle East is January 20th, which would be Inauguration Day for the new US president. So does she consider this to be something that is both driven by US presidential timing as well as Mid East issues?

MR. BOUCHER: I think the Secretaryís context was to say that she has until January 20th that she can work on this. The timing is really based on the substance and the substance has been brought to the point where we believe that much has been done, but as much as can be done has been done at the negotiator level and through the Secretaryís trips. The issues are there. As the President said, we have an idea of what the deal is, what the options are. And weíve worked this at every level. And the only way to get the final agreement is to bring them together at the higher level, at the summit level, and to make the tough decisions that relate to the core issues of permanent status. So the timing is based on the substance and the work that needs to be done and how best to accomplish it and at this moment itís the Presidentís view and the consensus of the leaders in the region, as the President said he talked to them, that the work that needs to be done next has to be done at the summit level.

QUESTION: Could you talk a little bit about Ė the President had said that this was much harder than the original Camp David Summit. Could you kind of compare how much more difficult the issues are and also what you think it is about Camp David and the atmospherics of it that might lead to the leaders feeling comfortable?

MR. BOUCHER: I appreciate the two questions and I would love to give a long and historical exposition but I really do think the President answered both of those questions and I don't have anything to add to what he said.

QUESTION: Let me go back to Rebeccaís question for a moment and ask has Ė one, has the Secretary of State come completely around to the view that the President has about having the summit in Camp David, number one? And was that something that was based on Ė I believe you said it was a few minutes ago Ė based on whatís happened since her trip to the Middle East, since she said that the summit was Ė there was not a mature enough negotiation for the summit yet and the time since sheís been back? Can you explain if that time period has in fact changed everybodyís mind about this?

MR. BOUCHER: It goes without saying Ė and I didnít say it Ė but obviously this is a decision that was made by the President with full concurrence and discussion with the Secretary. He, himself, noted that he had made this decision based on the report that the Secretary gave him and his discussions over the past few days with the leaders and the Secretary obviously was part of those discussions as well. So clearly this is a decision that the Administration made, that the President makes as the head of the Administration but in close consultation with the Secretary and his other senior advisors.

As far as why now, I think the chief consideration is what the President laid out, and that is that the work that has been done in other levels has been useful in achieving some progress in laying out the issues. But the real decisions that have to be made now have to be made at the summit level and therefore itís time to go to that level and try to reach those agreements.

QUESTION: Just to clarify if I might, please, some terminology. I understand and I think everyone understands that a final agreement is the desired goal. But is the desired goal for the summit which will start next week a final agreement or a framework agreement, just to be clear?

MR. BOUCHER: The agreement that weíre seeking at the summit is an agreement that would deal with all the core issues of permanent status between the Israelis and the Palestinians. I think thatís the best way to describe it. It is really the fundamental agreement on the core issues of the permanent status.

QUESTION: Richard, as far as the Middle East peace is concerned, how much do you think the global oil supply is affected from this, not having the peace in the Middle East? And also how much support the US or the peace process has from the Asian and the Arab countries, in Asia like India or China and others?

MR. BOUCHER: I think the first question, if I were to attempt some kind of answer on that, I would be breaking Rule Number 1, which is donít say anything that can move markets. But I think on your second question, how much support is there, the Secretary has been calling, talking on the telephone with leaders in the region. Sheís talked so far with King Abdullah in Jordan, with Foreign Minister Saud in Saudi Arabia. She talked to President Mubarak of Egypt and sheíll be talking to other leaders in the region.

And I think first of all, we can say that theyíve been very supportive. These have been extremely positive phone calls and they see very clearly the importance of moving to the summit level now and trying to reach agreement on these issues now. So, so far in the phone calls that sheís made, sheís found a very strong and positive reinforcement to this decision and support for this decision from leaders in the region.

QUESTION: Do you think this time we will have peace in the Middle East, once and forever?

MR. BOUCHER: Let us hope so.

QUESTION: What about Syria? Is there any sign that they would be supportive and, if not, would you be able to make the deal without them?

MR. BOUCHER: I don't think we have anything new on Syria. The President addressed that briefly in his press conference, I think. Iím getting fuzzy here in the head. But, no, we donít have anything new on Syria at this moment.

QUESTION: What about Cyprus? Today is the indirect talks on Cyprus starting in Europe. What is the US expectation on this meeting?

MR. BOUCHER: Letís move to Cyprus then. As has been our practice in the past with regard to Cyprus when discussions are beginning, we donít have a whole lot to say. The UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan opened the third session of UN-led Cyprus talks in Geneva today with meetings with both sides.

Ambassador Bandler and Special Cyprus Coordinator Weston are in Geneva to provide diplomatic support for these talks. Special Presidential Emissary Moses will join them in a few days.

We are urging the parties to intensify their efforts during this session. The UN and the parties have agreed not to engage in public discussion about the substance of the talks and we support that understanding, so I don't really have any further comments.

QUESTION: Also, US Assistant Secretary is today left Ankara to Athens. And press reports that he is carrying some message from Ankara to Athens about recent Turkish offer on the Aegean Sea.

MR. BOUCHER: Iím sorry, I don't have anything like that. Which assistant secretary was it?

QUESTION: Robertson? Robinson? I don't remember.

MR. BOUCHER: Iíll have to check on who it was and see if we have anything but I don't have anything like that for you.

QUESTION: Any comment on the Turkish invasion and occupation force move the other day to set up a checkpoint in a Greek Cypriot village, blocking access for UN peacekeeping forces patrolling the buffer zone that split the island in two?

MR. BOUCHER: No, the UN will have to deal with that issue on the ground.

QUESTION: Can we go to another set of proximity talks?

MR. BOUCHER: Okay.

QUESTION: Is there any update on whatís going on downstairs, or I assume itís downstairs, between the Ethiopians and the Eritreans?

MR. BOUCHER: The talks between the Ethiopians and the Eritreans began on Monday in Washington here at the building. They are being moderated by senior members of the Departmentís Office of Legal Advisors. They recessed for a day, July 4th, and they are continuing today.

The talks focus on the procedures on compensation and boundary issues that will facilitate the Organization for African Unityís efforts to work on a comprehensive peace agreement. The talks are proceeding in a constructive atmosphere but I don't really have any further details at this point.

QUESTION: Have you gotten any idea of how long they might last?

MR. BOUCHER: No, we donít have a deadline or a time frame for the talks. But we are obviously following things closely. At this point, they are proceeding on a proximity basis, so we will see where they get to.

QUESTION: Is it still the hope that they might be able to break out of proximity and go into direct talks?

MR. BOUCHER: Well, whatever it takes to reach agreement on these technical issues, we would hope that that would happen. So weíll see.

QUESTION: New subject? On the Mexican elections, President Elect Fox has been making some very public comments about what his policy towards the US would be in terms of migrant workers, the war on drugs, trade. Has there been any assessment so far by the State Department of what his US policy seems to be shaping up?

MR. BOUCHER: I think I answered that question 10 minutes ago and I don't have anything to add to what I said then.

QUESTION: When the President signs the protocol heís signing today, I believe, at the United Nations on Children and War, separate from the treaty. But this is now, in addition to the criminal court, one more issue where the United States had been the lone holdout and the UN had to go to great lengths to work with the wording and all of that to come around.

How does the State Department view this issue of the United States once again being seen as the problem in trying to get an agreement on these kinds of things?

MR. BOUCHER: I donít think on the day when the President is signing these protocols and pledging the United States to adhere to these standards, that one should call the United States a problem. To the extent that we can ratify these things, we seek to do so. But I think you have today a presidential commitment to try to reach these standards.

QUESTION: So since this is the protocol and not the entire treaty, is State Department going to push Congress to ratify the treaty?

MR. BOUCHER: I will have to check on that and see where we are.

QUESTION: Iran. Had you seen the story about the Iranians denying visas to a US soccer team because they objected to Iranians being fingerprinted recently in New York?

MR. BOUCHER: Weíve seen those reports. Frankly, first of all, let me say we continue to support people-to-people exchanges, we believe them to be important. But we also believe it important to enforce our law regarding the need for fingerprinting. And we have tried to work within that context of our law and regulation. But we would continue to support people-to- people exchanges and would hope that they could go forward.

QUESTION: You say "our law," does this apply to terrorism countries?

MR. BOUCHER: I will have to look at exactly which the legal framework is. But the policy is based on national security concerns. And one of the key requirements for the President is to protect US borders. And thatís why we do the fingerprinting in some cases.

QUESTION: You donít have any specific comment on this soccer team not being allowed to go?

MR. BOUCHER: No. I would just say that we do support people-to-people exchanges. We would hope that these things would occur and that they wouldn't be blocked.

QUESTION: In terms of the Ė (inaudible) Ė didnít we apologize? Didnít we say that we had made a mistake when we held their team members? Wasnít that something we subsequently apologized for?

MR. BOUCHER: There have been different situations that have arisen and I would have to check to see if we had made a mistake in one of them. But I think we have had a fairly consistent application of the policy when we needed to.

QUESTION: Do you have any information that Iraq is testing short-range missiles? And where do efforts stand to get inspectors back in there? Is this something thatís a priority or is it a disappointment?

MR. BOUCHER: Those are both things Iíll have to check on. Iím sorry, I don't have anything new for you today.

QUESTION: I wanted to ask if you had anything to say about the French and the Europeans have both now started investigating Ė (inaudible) Ė activities.

MR. BOUCHER: Let me say in general what weíve said before. And thatís the notion that we collect intelligence in order to promote American business is simply wrong. Our intelligence agencies are not authorized to provide information to private firms. Itís not the policy nor the practice of American intelligence services to conduct economic espionage.

CIA Director George Tenent explained this in April in testimony before Congress. He said the mission of American intelligence is to gather information thatís vital to the national defense and foreign policy. Thatís where we direct our intelligence resources.

QUESTION: As far as Ė if I may follow up Ė the French failed to sign this Warsaw Declaration. Is this starting to look like a bit of an anti-US campaign?

MR. BOUCHER: I wouldn't provide any broad characterizations. As you know, we have, in many, many areas a significant and cooperative relationship with the French and we disagree on other things at times. But I don't think I would use this particular situation as an example of one or the other.

QUESTION: When you just mentioned George Tenet, one of his predecessors, Mr. Woolsey, has said that, in fact, Echelon was used for commercial purposes and cited a specific case involving Saudi Arabia and Boeing and Airbus.

MR. BOUCHER: I think if you look at what was said, thatís not in any way contradictory to what Iíve said. We do on occasion uncover instances in which foreign companies have used bribery and other unscrupulous acts in order to win contracts. The intelligence agencies then make that available to the appropriate US Government agencies. I said we donít make intelligence available to private entities or use it for commercial purposes.

It is then up to the appropriate US Government agencies, including the State Department, to decide how and when to raise those instances with foreign governments.

QUESTION: Is the Department of the opinion that if the French investigation goes on and it is above board and thorough, it will come up with nothing?

MR. BOUCHER: Iíve made quite clear what our policy and our practice is. I think anything beyond that is very speculative at this point. I don't know what they think theyíre investigating or where they intend to proceed. We certainly havenít been asked any subsequent questions.

QUESTION: What about the idea that you just raised in the answer to my first Ė earlier question about that specific case? There seems to be an undercurrent of some kind of resentment here in the US that, of all people, the Europeans and in particular the French would be mounting an investigation into something that a lot of Americans and a lot of American officials, especially businessmen think that they themselves are involved in. What does the Department think about that? There has been some concern that the French are actually operating their own system that has been nicknamed "Frenchelon."

MR. BOUCHER: I find the question very interesting but I don't think Iím going to speculate on motivations or comparability. I will just tell you what we do. I think Iíve explained it as clearly as I can.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) Ė this Department is concerned, the President last week announced that former congressman Mineta will be the Secretary of Commerce. How do you see that he will bring a new US relation with the rest of the world, especially with Asian countries? How much can he Ė do you expect from his input?

MR. BOUCHER: I appreciate the question but itís not something I can answer for you here. I think the White House in making the nomination explained those things and I would leave it to the White House to clarify any further what his intentions are as he assumes the important office.

QUESTION: My question was really based on this Departmentís foreign policy, how he can Ė or you can relate with him or he can relate with this department rather than the White House?

MR. BOUCHER: We work very, very closely with Secretaries of Commerce. We are also involved in the process of pursuing Americaís economic and commercial interests overseas and promoting US trade, so we work very, very closely with our counterparts in Commerce and the Secretary, Iím sure, looks forward to working with Congressman Mineta* as he assumes the post, given the -- once Ė if and when he receives the advice and consent of the Senate.

QUESTION: Do you have anything that you can tell us about John Holum and Bob Einhornís visit to Asia?

MR. BOUCHER: Okay. Did you say "anything" or "anything else"?

QUESTION: Anything. Anything that wasnít already said last week.

MR. BOUCHER: I don't know quite where we stand on what we said before but let me tell you a little bit about what they are going for and what they will do.

Our senior advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, John Holum, is traveling to China July 7th and 8th for two days of talks with the Chinese Government on a variety of topics. The talks are aimed at improving our overall relationship with China and deepening our bilateral arms control, nonproliferation and security dialogue with Beijing.

These topics remain at the top of our bilateral diplomatic agenda with Beijing and this important dialogue will allow our senior experts to engage in detailed discussions to explore each sideís respective concern. You will remember that nonproliferation topics were on the Secretaryís agenda as well when she was in Beijing two weeks ago.

Mr. Holum will be accompanied by Assistant Secretaries Bohlen for Arms Control, Einhorn for Nonproliferation and Newsom for Political and Military Affairs, by White House Senior Director for Nonproliferation Gary Samore, by the East Asia Bureauís Deputy Assistant Secretary Darryl Johnson, by Pentagon representatives and other staff. They will visit Beijing, Singapore and Tokyo.

In Beijing, in addition to the general plenary meetings hosted by Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya, Holum is scheduled to meet acting Foreign Minster Yang Jeichi, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Xiong Guangkai, and Chinese Communist Party Foreign Affairs Expert Liu Huaqiu.

In Singapore, heís accepted a long-standing invitation to meet with senior leaders to discuss bilateral relations and regional security topics.

And the purpose of the Tokyo stop will be to debrief the Japanese foreign affairs officials on the talks in Beijing and to continue with our ongoing consultations with Japan on nonproliferation and arms control issues.

QUESTION: Somewhat related to that, unless someone has a follow-up? You said political and military affairs was going. Is there any thought of that person going down to Jakarta to discuss with the Indonesians their rather loud objections to the continuation of the arms embargo, which they say is hurting their efforts to combat the Ė

MR. BOUCHER: I don't have anything here. I will double check and see if Mr. Newsom is not going in that direction.

QUESTION: Do you have anything on the objections raised by the Indonesians?

MR. BOUCHER: I think, first of all, let me cite our Ambassador to Indonesia, Ambassador Gelbard, who said that the real issue in Maluku has been the failure of the Indonesian Government and military to take early action to stop the violence and to prevent outsiders from inflaming the situation.

We do support the Indonesian Governmentís recent action to address the Maluku situation by imposing a state of civil emergency, by removing the troops who have taken sides in the violence, and by replacing officers who have been unable to enforce discipline within the ranks. We hope the government will implement those measures promptly while adhering to international standards for the protection of human rights.

We continue to be deeply concerned about the cycle of violence and the potential for retaliation between the Christian and Muslim communities.

The United States has suspended military-to-military relations with Indonesia last September in the wake of militia violence in East Timor that was supported by members of the Indonesian military. We have initiated consultations with our Congress on a partial lifting of the ban on military- to-military contacts, but Indonesia has not clearly complied yet with the conditions that were set forth in Section 589 of the fiscal year 2000 Foreign Assistance, Foreign Operations and Appropriations Act. So at this point, there is no plan to resume defense item sales or transfers.

QUESTION: I am the new correspondent in Washington of RCN Colombia.

MR. BOUCHER: Welcome.

QUESTION: I would like to know if you have some information about a President Clinton possible visit to Colombia after signing the military construction bill?

MR. BOUCHER: That is not something that I would have information on here. That is a question you would have to ask at the White House, regarding the Presidentís travel.

QUESTION: From a human, religious and political rights point of view, how do you comment on the Turkish court decision today to place into prison a former prime minister, namely Erbakon -- (inaudible) Ė in the year of 2000 and not in Dark Ages, of course.

MR. BOUCHER: Well, without accepting all the commentary in your question, let me clarify what we understand of the situation. First of all, we understand that the former Prime Minister Erbakon remains free pending further legal process. It is a serious matter when individuals are convicted by courts for statements that they made as political figures. We think that all Turkeyís citizens should be able to exercise fully their right to peaceful freedom of expression as recognized by international human rights instruments.

We have long urged Turkey to take further steps to lift restrictions on freedom of speech. And thatís where Iíll stop for the moment.

QUESTION: In other words, do you agree with this decision?

MR. BOUCHER: As Iíve said, we do believe itís a very serious matter, that individuals should not be convicted for statements that were made as political figures. So weíll leave it at that for the moment.

QUESTION: An issue of human rights, political and religious violations of your own rules and standards?

MR. BOUCHER: I think if youíll look at what I said, thatís approximately what I said. So Iíll leave it at that.

QUESTION: Vincente Fox, I would ask in light of the fact that Mr. Fox is talking about coming against corruption in Mexico, especially official corruption, establishing more greatly the rule of law and coming against the cartels, specifically, he has stated these things since his election, would the United States Government view his position, perhaps the position of his security, as being letís say not too good at the present time? Would he be in any security danger at present?

MR. BOUCHER: I don't think thatís something we would like to speculate on.

QUESTION: Do you have anything you want to say about the Yugoslav Parliament preparing to allow President Milosevic to have a second term in office?

MR. BOUCHER: No, but I think I could find something. No. No, I don't. Itís not here either. Okay.

QUESTION: How about a comment on the rather anti-US stance that was taken at the Central Asia Summit with Russia and China having to do with terrorism, considering the fact that the Secretary was just there, promising all sorts of US assistance in counter-terrorism and now at least two of the stands that she visited are seeming to throw their lot in with the Russians and the Chinese on this issue?

MR. BOUCHER: I haven't seen the statements. I would be glad to look into it. I do want to point out that, as the Secretary made clear during her visit to the region, we donít think that cooperation against terrorism is a tradeoff or a choice. We all want to see cooperation against terrorism in the region, we all want to see these countries better able to protect themselves against the danger of terrorism. Thatís why weíre cooperating with them and we donít have any problem if others do as well.

Thank you.

(The briefing concluded at 1:42 p.m.)


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