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ACCESSION NUMBER:264922
FILE ID:POL405
DATE:01/28/93
TITLE:WHITE HOUSE REPORT, THURSDAY,JANUARY 28, 1993 (01/28/93)
TEXT:*93012805.POL
WHITE HOUSE REPORT, THURSDAY,JANUARY 28, 1993
(Bosnia, Israel)  (330)
NEWS BRIEFING -- Communications Director George Stephanopoulos covered
these topics:
BOSNIAN REVIEW UNDER WAY
Stephanopoulos told questioners that President Clinton was not involved
in a mid-afternoon meeting which included top administration diplomatic,
intelligence and defense officials.
1e said Secretary of State Christopher, Secretary of Defense Aspin, Joint
Chiefs of Staff Chairman Powell, and CIA Director Woolsey discussed "a
range of issues" with the staff of the National Security Council.  Clinton,
he added, has not had any special briefings on Bosnia-Hercegovina, although
the matter has been covered in his normal security and intelligence
briefings each day.
He called the renewed fighting in Croatia and Bosnia "a very serious
situation that we're watching very closely.  We're reviewing our options
now."  He noted that the United States "supported the Vance process to
bring the parties together," but pointed out, "This is very serious.
Obviously if you read the newspapers and look at what is happening over
there, it's something that's of deep concern to all of us and we're working
on it now.  We're reviewing all of our options right now."  (Cyrus Vance is
co-chairman of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia in
Geneva.)
ISRAELI DISCUSSIONS INTENSIFIED
Stephanopoulos would not comment on the Israeli Supreme Court decision
holding that the expulsion of Palestinians can stand, but that the
government must arrange for the men to have appeals.
He said Washington is "intensifying" its contacts with Tel Aviv and is
concentrating on bringing the parties together.  U.S. officials are in
touch with United Nations diplomats and with other parties.
"It's most appropriate right now to see what we can do to get a diplomatic
solution," he said.  "That's what we're focussing on."  Stephanopoulos
added that "the important thing right now...is to get a solution among the
parties in the region.  We're trying everything we can do diplomatically to
achieve that."
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