U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of February 14, 1994
1. SOUTH KOREA Q. Is the U.S. planning further meetings with South Korea this week?
A:--FOREIGN MINISTER HAN WILL TAKE PART IN THE U.S.-KOREA TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY CONFERENCE LATER THIS WEEK. THE CONFERENCE, CO-SPONSORED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS AND THE INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL ECONOMICS IN SEOUL, WILL TAKE PLACE IN WASHINGTON FEBRUARY 17-19. ITS GOAL IS TO PROMOTE ONGOING DIALOGUE ON ECONOMIC ISSUES BETWEEN OUR TWO GOVERNMENTS AND BUSINESS COMMUNITIES.
--FOREIGN MINISTER HAN WILL ALSO MEET WITH UNDERSECRETARIES TARNOFF, DAVIS, AND SPERO IN ORDER TO DISCUSS MATTERS INCLUDING THE NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR ISSUE AND ECONOMIC ISSUES.
2. FORMER YUGOSLAVIA Q. German police have reportedly arrested a Serbian, "Dusko T," on charges of participating in war crimes In the former Yugoslavia. What is the U.S. understanding of the process for bringing him before the international tribunal for the former Yugoslavia?
A. WE WELCOME THE NEWS OF THIS ARREST AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY'S COMMITMENT TO SEEING INDIVIDUALS HELD INDIVIDUALLY ACCOUNTABLE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH DUE PROCESS, FOR ATROCITIES IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE ACCUSED IS CURRENTLY CHARGED WITH VIOLATIONS OF GERMAN LAW FOR HIS ACTIVITIES AT THE NOTORIOUS OMARSKA DETENTION FACILITY. IN ACCORDANCE WITH UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS, GERMAN AUTHORITIES SHOULD PROVIDE THE UNITED NATIONS THE SUBSTANTIATED INFORMATION THEY HAVE CONCERNING COMMISSION OF WAR CRIMES BY THIS INDIVIDUAL. IN DUE COURSE, THE TRIBUNAL'S PROSECUTOR WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO SEEK AN INDICTMENT FROM THE TRIBUNAL. AFTER IT ISSUES AN INDICTMENT, THE TRIBUNAL COULD ORDER THE GERMAN AUTHORITIES TO TRANSFER THE INDIVIDUAL TO ITS CUSTODY.(###)To the top of this page