TITLE:WHITE HOUSE REPORT, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 (02/01/93)
WHITE HOUSE REPORT, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1
(Mulroney/U.S. visit, Bosnia, intelligence community, Haiti) (340)
NEWS BRIEFING -- Communications Director George Stephanopoulos discussed
the following topics:
CLINTON SLATES TALKS WITH MULRONEY
President Clinton will meet February 5 with Canadian Prime Minister
Mulroney, Stephanopoulos announced.
The two leaders "will be discussing the range of bilateral issues of trade
and investment between our two countries," he said, adding, "I assume they
will talk about the North American Free Trade Agreement."
REVIEW ON BOSNIA CONTINUES
On prospects for negotiating a solution on the crisis in
Bosnia-Hercegovina now that the talks have been broken off, Stephanopoulos
noted that Secretary of State Christopher is receiving a report on how the
talks have gone. "And we continue to hope that the parties...are able to
work out a settlement," he added.
Asked why the United States is not taking a more activist role in the
situation, Stephanopoulos replied: "The president believes this is a
serious situation....We have an intensive review going on right now by the
National Security Council and the advisers, and we continue to review our
INTELLIGENCE FUNCTIONS SHOULD ADAPT TO "NEW WORLD"
Asked how the U.S. intelligence community may function differently under
the current administration, Stephanopoulos noted that the president has
talked about "trying to make the CIA (Central Intelligence Community
relevant to the 'new world' and the new kinds of technology that we have
right now, and, secondly, to focus more on economic interests and economic
POLICY ON HAITI UNCHANGED
On Haiti, Stephanopoulos reiterated that Clinton's position has not changed
when he was asked about reports that some 300 Haitians -- many suffering
from AIDS -- in Guantanamo Bay are going on a hunger strike trying to be
brought to the United States.
Clinton "wants to make sure that we continue to do everything we can to
reach a negotiated settlement to bring democracy back to Haiti, but if
people leave, they will be returned," Stephanopoulos said.
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