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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Assistant Secretary/Spokesman
Taken Questions for August 25, 1993

1.  INDIA: VISIT OF FOREIGN SECRETARY

Q: What can you tell us about the meetings between Indian Foreign 
Secretary Dixit and USG officials?

A: -- THE FOREIGN SECRETARY'S VISIT IS PART OF CONTINUING CONSULTATIONS 
BETWEEN OUR TWO GOVERNMENTS.

HE IS MEETING WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS AT THE DEPARTMENT INCLUDING ACTING 
SECRETARY WHARTON, UNDER SECRETARY TARNOFF, AMBASSADOR LEWIS, AND 
ASSISTANT SECRETARY RAPHEL.  THEIR POSITIVE DISCUSSIONS HAVE COVERED A 
RANGE OF ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE STRONG BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN 
INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES.



2.  TAIWAN: SALE OF E-2T AIRCRAFT

Q: Is it true that the U.S. has decided to sell the E-2C early warning 
aircraft to Taiwan?

A: -- THE U.S. IS NOT SELLING THE E-2C TO TAIWAN.

- THE UNITED STATES DECIDED IN 1989 TO RELEASE TO TAIWAN A DEFENSIVE 
VERSION OF THE EARLY WARNING AIRCRAFT CALLED THE E-2T.

-- THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INITIALLY NOTIFIED CONGRESS OF THE SALE OF 
FOUR E-2T AIRCRAFT IN 1989.

- THIS SALE IS FULLY CONSISTENT WITH THE 1982 U.S.-PRC JOINT COMMUNIQUE 
AND THE 1979 TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT.



3.  DEPARTMENT: SECURITY TRAINING FOR FOREIGN NON-GOVERNMENT STAFFS

Q: Is there a precedent for providing security training to foreign non-
government security staffs?

A:  NO. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE PROVIDED SECURITY TRAINING TO 
FOREIGN NON-GOVERNMENT SECURITY OFFICIALS.

Q: Why are you providing this training now?

A:  WE BELIEVE THAT IMPROVING THE PROTECTION OF NELSON MANDELA AND OTHER 
SENIOR ANC LEADERS WILL ENHANCE THE SECURITY SITUATION AT THIS SENSITIVE 
TIME IN SOUTH AFRICA'S TRANSITION TO A NON-RACIAL DEMOCRACY.



4.  RESETTLEMENT OF IRAQI POWs IN THE U.S.

Q: Can you comment on recent press articles concerning the resettlement 
in the United States of Iraqi POWs?

A: -- AT THE END OF THE GULF WAR THERE WERE SOME 39,000 IRAQIS IN CAMPS 
IN SAUDI ARABIA.  OF THIS NUMBER, APPROXIMATELY 25,000 WERE CIVILIANS 
WHO HAD BEEN GIVEN REFUGE BY COALITION FORCES IN THE SOUTHERN IRAQI CITY 
OF SAFWAN DURING THE CIVIL UPRISING FOLLOWING THE GULF WAR.  ANOTHER 
10,000 WERE IRAQIS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE UPRISING, AND ABOUT 4,000 
WERE IRAQI SOLDIERS WHO DESERTED BEFORE OR DURING DESERT STORM.

MANY OF THOSE WHO ESCAPED TO SAUDI ARABIA WERE OPPONENTS OF SADDAM 
HUSSEIN.

THE GOVERNMENT OF SAUDI ARABIA HAS PROVIDED TEMPORARY REFUGE TO THIS 
POPULATION.  IN EARLY 1992, WHEN IT BECAME CLEAR THAT CONDITIONS IN IRAQ 
PRECLUDED THE SAFE RETURN OF MANY OF THESE REFUGEES, THE UNITED NATIONS 
HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) CONCLUDED THAT OTHER SOLUTIONS, 
SUCH AS RESETTLEMENT IN THIRD COUNTRIES, MUST BE FOUND.

AS PART OF A MULTINATIONAL EFFORT, THE UNITED STATES AGREED TO RESETTLE 
SOME OF THESE REFUGEES, AS AUTHORIZED BY PRESIDENT BUSH AFTER 
CONSULTATIONS WITH CONGRESS.

OTHER NATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE RESETTLEMENT EFFORT INCLUDE SWEDEN, 
DENMARK, NORWAY AND IRAN. (NOTE: INFORMATION ABOUT ADDITIONAL 
RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM UNHCR.)

WHILE A SMALL NUMBER OF THE IRAQIS BEING RESETTLED IN THE UNITED STATES 
AT ONE TIME WORE AN IRAQI UNIFORM, THE MAJORITY DID NOT.

IN FY 92, THE U.S. RESETTLED 3,442 IRAQI REFUGEES.  OF THIS NUMBER, 956 
WERE FROM THE CAMPS IN SAUDI ARABIA.  THE OTHERS WERE PROCESSED IN 
TURKEY, ATHENS AND OTHER EUROPEAN POSTS.

OF THE 956 PROCESSED IN SAUDI ARABIA, ABOUT 300 WERE IRAQI REBELS, EX-
SOLDIERS, AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS.

IN FY 93, THE UNITED STATES EXPECTS TO ADMIT SOME 4,600 IRAQIS TO THE 
U.S. UNDER REFUGEE CRITERIA -- APPROXIMATELY 2,100 WILL BE FROM CAMPS IN 
SAUDI ARABIA.  OF THE 2,100, ABOUT 650 WILL BE REBELS, EX-SOLDIERS, AND 
THEIR ACCOMPANYING FAMILY MEMBERS.

NO FIGURE HAS BEEN SET FOR FY 94, PENDING CONSULTATIONS WITH CONGRESS IN 
SEPTEMBER.

Q: What does it cost to resettle a refugee in the United States?

A: -- IN FY 93, ON AVERAGE IT COSTS BETWEEN $5,000 and $7,000 PER PERSON 
TO RESETTLE A REFUGEE -- PRIMARILY THROUGH PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY THE 
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS).

NOTE: QUESTIONS ABOUT DOMESTIC RESETTLEMENT COSTS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO 
HHS.

REFUGEES SIGN A PROMISSORY NOTE FOR THEIR TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES WHICH 
THEY ARE EXPECTED TO REPAY ONCE THEY BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT MEMBERS OF 
AMERICAN SOCIETY.  MOST REFUGEES BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT WITHIN ONE YEAR 
OF THEIR ARRIVAL.



5.  BANGLADESH: CALL BY AMBASSADOR ON ASSISTANT SECRETARY RAPHEL

Q: Can we have a readout on Assistant Secretary Raphel's meeting with 
the Bangladesh Ambassador?

A:  IN THEIR INITIAL MEETING ON MONDAY, ASSISTANT SECRETARY RAPHEL AND 
AMBASSADOR ABUL AHSAN DISCUSSED U.S. - BANGLADESH RELATIONS IN GENERAL 
AND OTHER ISSUES OF BILATERAL INTEREST



6.  DEPARTMENT: REWARDS FOR TERRORISM INFORMATION PROGRAM

Q: Have you received any responses to the recent Rewards for Terrorism 
Information publicity campaign?

A:  YES.  WE HAVE RECEIVED NUMEROUS RESPONSES TO THE RECENT PUBLICITY 
CAMPAIGN.  SEVERAL RESPONDENTS HAVE PROVIDED INFORMATION THAT WILL BE 
INVESTIGATED FURTHER.

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