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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of January 31, 1994

1. CHINA Q. What was the outcome of our talks with the Chinese in Washington last week with respect to the list of political prisoners?

A. ASSISTANT SECRETARY JOHN SHATTUCK MET WITH CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LIU HUAQIU JANUARY 26 AND DISCUSSED A LIST OF 235 HUMAN RIGHTS CASES WHICH SHATTUCK HAD RAISED DURING A TRIP TO BEIJING LAST OCTOBER.

--LIU PROVIDED A NUMERICAL BREAKDOWN ON THE STATUS OF THE CASES BUT DID NOT SUPPLY SPECIFICS ON ANY INDIVIDUAL CASE.

--ASSISTANT SECRETARY SHATTUCK WILL BE TRAVELING TO BEIJING IN FEBRUARY AND WILL CONTINUE OUR HUMAN RIGHTS DIALOGUE BY SEEKING SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON THESE AND OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS CASES.

2. LATVIA Q: What can you tell us about the Secretary's meeting today with the Latvian Foreign Minister?

A: AS PART OF UNITED STATES EFFORTS TO PROMOTE A TROOP WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN LATVIA AND RUSSIA, THE SECRETARY RECEIVED A LATVIAN DELEGATION HEADED BY FOREIGN MINISTER ANDREJEVS AND CONSISTING OF THE LEADERS OF THE EIGHT FACTIONS REPRESENTED IN THE LATVIAN PARLIAMENT.

-DISCUSSIONS HAVE FOCUSED ON THE STATUS OF THE WITHDRAWAL OF RUSSIAN TROOPS FROM LATVIA AND HOW THE UNITED STATES CAN EXPEDITE A BILATERAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN LATVIA AND RUSSIA.

--THE SECRETARY REITERATED STRONG U.S. SUPPORT FOR THE SPEEDY, UNCONDITIONAL WITHDRAWAL OF RUSSIAN FORCES FROM LATVIA AND PROMOTED A COMPROMISE RESOLUTION OF THE ISSUE OF THE SKRUNDA BALLISTIC MISSILE EARLY WARNING (BMEW) RADAR SITE.

--THERE HAS BEEN CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS IN THESE TALKS, AND WE HOPE THAT AN AGREEMENT CAN BE REACHED SOON.

--BEFORE DEPARTING THE UNITED STATES FOR SWEDEN TOMORROW, THE LATVIAN DELEGATION WILL MEET OTHER SENIOR U.S. GOVERNMENT AND WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS, AS WELL AS DEFENSE SECRETARY-DESIGNATE WILLIAM PERRY AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.(###)

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