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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of December 16, 1993

1.  HAITI--Malval's Status
Q.  What's Malval's status, now that he's resigned?

A.  WE UNDERSTAND THAT UNDER HAITI'S CONSTITUTION, MR.
MALVAL SERVES AS ACTING PRIME MINISTER UNTIL A SUCCESSOR IS
NAMED AND CONFIRMED BY THE LEGISLATURE.


2.  VENEZUELA--Import Regulations
Q.  Has EPA issued regulations which will have the effect of
stopping Venezuelan gasoline exports to the United States?

A.  THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS ISSUED
REGULATIONS AFFECTING GASOLINE IMPORTS.  THEY WILL TAKE
EFFECT IN 1995.

--THESE REGULATIONS HAVE CAUSED CONCERN IN VENEZUELA. THE
STATE DEPARTMENT AND EPA HAVE HELD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE
VENEZUELANS ABOUT THIS, AND THE DISCUSSIONS ARE CONTINUING.

--IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO ASSUME THAT IN ITSELF, THE
ISSUANCE OF THESE REGULATIONS WILL HAVE THE RESULT OF
BLOCKING VENEZUELA'S GASOLINE EXPORTS.

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