931207 Taken Questions  Return to: Index of 1993 Daily Briefings || Electronic Research Collections Index || ERC Homepage

Note: This Electronic Research Collection (ERC) is an archive site. For the most current information, please visit the US State Department homepage.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Assistant Secretary/Spokesman
Taken Questions of December 7, 1993

1.  HAITI Q:  Is it true that a group of Haitian military officers 
continued to receive training in the U.S. after the coup and well into 
1992?  If true, what was the justification for doing that?

A:  THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WOULD HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT TYPE 
OF TRAINING, AND I REFER YOU TO DOD FOR COMMENT.


2.  RUSSIA Q:  Can we confirm the AP story about the return of a ring 
belonging to an American pilot shot down in 1952?  What are the 
significant details of the case?  What is Ambassador Toon doing in 
Moscow?

A:  YES, A RING BELONGING TO CAPTAIN JOHN R. DUNHAM HAS BEEN RETURNED, 
AS AMBASSADOR TOON ANNOUNCED TODAY IN MOSCOW.  CAPTAIN DUNHAMÕS AIRCRAFT 
WAS SHOT DOWN ON OCTOBER 7, 1952 OVER THE KURILE ISLANDS.  THE RETURN OF 
THE RING, TOGETHER WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE INCIDENT, REFLECTS VERY 
TANGIBLY THE NEW LEVEL OF COOPERATION THAT WE NOW ENJOY WITH THE RUSSIAN 
GOVERNMENT ON POW/MIA MATTERS.  OUR INVESTIGATION INTO THE CASE OF CAPT. 
DUNHAM WILL CONTINUE BASED ON THE NEW INFORMATION WE HAVE RECEIVED.

AMBASSADOR TOON IS CURRENTLY LEADING THE U.S. DELEGATION TO THE 7TH 
PLENARY SESSION OF THE U.S.-RUSSIA JOINT COMMISSION ON POW/MIAS.  THIS 
SESSION HAS PRODUCED THE FOLLOWING RESULTS:

--  WE HAVE REACHED NEW UNDERSTANDINGS ON CLOSER COOPERATION BETWEEN OUR 
RESEARCH STAFFS.

--  WE HAVE RECEIVED RENEWED COMMITMENTS FROM THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT, 
INCLUDING FROM THE MINISTRY OF SECURITY, TO ASSIST FULLY OUR SEARCH FOR 
ANY INFORMATION IN RUSSIAN ARCHIVES ON MISSING OR UNACCOUNTED AMERICAN 
SERVICEMEN.

--  WE HAVE RECEIVED INFORMATION IN RESPONSE TO SEVERAL LONG-STANDING 
REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION ON CASES DATING FROM THE 1950'S AND 1960'S.

MUCH WORK REMAINS AHEAD IN OUR EFFORTS TO PROVIDE THE FULLEST POSSIBLE 
ACCOUNTING FOR AMERICAN SERVICEMEN, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUED 
CLOSE COOPERATION FROM THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT.              (###) 

To the top of this page