TITLE:WHITE HOUSE REPORT, FRIDAY, MARCH 10 (03/10/95)
WHITE HOUSE REPORT, FRIDAY, MARCH 10
(Bosnia, Mexico, Mubarak) (500)
NEWS BRIEFING -- Press Secretary Mike McCurry discussed the following
CLINTON NOT SWAYED BY CIA REPORT ON BOSNIA
McCurry replied, "No," when asked if the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
report on Serb atrocities in Bosnia had given Clinton second thoughts about
granting concessions to Belgrade.
"It has underscored his determination," McCurry said of the report, "that
these crimes be prosecuted by the International War Crimes Tribunal." The
report attributed 90 percent of the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia to Serbs in
Pale and Belgrade, saying the "systematic nature of the Serbian actions
strongly suggests" that Serbs in Bosnia and Serbia "exercised a carefully
veiled role in the purposeful destruction and dispersal of non-Serb
populations." It said there is no "conclusive evidence" of involvement by
Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic or Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan
McCurry said the report stiffened Clinton's determination to accelerate and
invigorate the "diplomacy that can bring this conflict to an end. That was
the purpose of Assistant Secretary (Richard) Holbrooke's visit with
Milosevic recently, and it is the reason why we continue to press for
measures that would get Milosevic and Serbia-Montenegro on the side of the
kinds of solutions about the conflict" that have been outlined by the
Contact Group. The group has proposed conditional lifting of some
sanctions against Belgrade if Milosevic recognizes the territorial
integrity of Bosnia.
MEXICAN AUSTERITY PLAN BACKED
McCurry told a questioner that Washington welcomes "the tough monetary and
fiscal measures that were announced by the government of Mexico last night.
They demonstrate Mexico's resolve to restore financial stability and to
restore confidence in the markets. The measures demonstrate Mexico's
willingness to take necessary -- although we acknowledge painful -- steps
to put itself back on the road to long-term economic health. We believe
our help and that of other international financial institutions will be
critical to Mexico's economic recovery."
Noting that Mexico was authorized to draw on $3,000 million from the
Treasury Department immediately, he added, "It is in our interest that
Mexico, with this assistance, move forward with plans and reforms that can
contribute to long-term stability."
MUBARAK VISIT PLANNED
McCurry said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will come to Washington in
early April for discussions with President Clinton on the Middle East peace
process as well as bilateral and regional issues.
He said among other things the two presidents will discuss the U.S.-Egypt
Joint Committee for Economic Growth, which the vice president will
inaugurate during his March 19-24 trip to the Middle East.
Gore and Mubarak will participate in the committee's first meeting, in
Cairo. Formation of the group was announced last September. It aims to
become "a high-level vehicle for deepening the focus" of the
Washington-Cairo partnership for sustainable development. Gore intends to
visit Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Oman, and to meet with Yasser Arafat
of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
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