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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of February 16, 1994

1. NORTH KOREA Q. When was the U.S.-DPRK meeting arranged, before or after the IAEA agreement?

A:--THE MEETING WAS ARRANGED THIS WEEK, BEFORE THE DPRK'S AGREEMENT TO ALLOW IAEA INSPECTIONS.

Q: Why?

A:--TO ENSURE AT AN IMPORTANT MOMENT THAT THERE WAS NO AMBIGUITY REGARDING THE U.S. POSITION.

2. NATO Q: Has Macedonia asked to join the Partnership for Peace, and if so what is the U.S. position?

A: STEVO CRVENKOVSKI, FOREIGN MINISTER OF THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, SENT A LETTER TO NATO SECRETARY GENERAL MANFRED WOERNER ON FEBRUARY 11 REQUESTING MEMBERSHIP IN THE PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE.

--THE UNITED STATES IS CONSIDERING THIS REQUEST AND WILL CONSULT WITH ITS NATO ALLIES ON AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE.

--THE ALLIES WILL DETERMINE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS IF A COUNTRY WILL BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROGRAM, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT A NUMBER OF FACTORS, INCLUDING EXPERIENCE IN PEACEKEEPING ACTIVITIES.

2. HAITI Q: Which Haitians attended today's meeting with Under Secretary Tarnoff?

A: THE PARLIAMENTARIANS ATTENDING TODAY'S MEETING WERE: SENATOR JULIO LAROSILIERE, DEPUTY JEAN EDDIE TALANDIEU DESJARDINS, DEPUTY MICHEL GAILLARD, DEPUTY DULY BRUTUS, DEPUTY ANTOINE JOSEPH, DEPUTY JOSEPH RINDAL PIERRE-CANAL, AND DEPUTY EDMUND MIROLD.

3. HAITI: ARISTIDE, MEETING WITH DELEGATION Q: Has President Aristide refused to meet with the Haitian parliamentary delegation?

A: PRESIDENT ARISTIDE MET WITH THE PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION LAST WEEK. HE ADVISED THE DELEGATION THAT HE SUPPORTED THE PLAN PREPARED DURING THE JANUARY 14-16 MIAMI CONFERENCE WHICH HE SPONSORED. HE ASKED THE DELEGATION TO PRESENT HIM WITH A SINGLE RECOMMENDED COURSE OF ACTION. IT IS OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY DEVELOPED SUCH A PLAN BASED ON THE MIAMI CONFERENCE'S RECOMMENDATIONS. PRESIDENT ARISTIDE, HOWEVER, HAS NOT MADE HIMSELF AVAILABLE TO MEET WITH THE PARLIAMENTARIANS SINCE THEY CAME TO AGREEMENT ON A PLAN OF ACTION.

4. GREECE Q: Is it correct that Greece has closed its border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia? What is the U.S. reaction to this development?

A: ON FEBRUARY 16, THE GOVERNMENT OF GREECE ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL RESTRICT TRADE GOING IN AND OUT OF THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA THROUGH THE PORT OF THESSALONIKI, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HUMANITARIAN GOODS SUCH AS FOOD AND MEDICINE. GREECE ALSO ANNOUNCED THE TEMPORARY CLOSING OF ITS CONSULATE IN SKOPJE.

--WE WILL BE IN CONTACT WITH THE GREEK GOVERNMENT TO EXPRESS OUR DEEP CONCERN OVER THESE DEVELOPMENTS.

--CONSTRUCTIVE RELATIONS BETWEEN GREECE AND THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA ARE ESSENTIAL TO REGIONAL STABILITY. EVERY EFFORT MUST BE MADE TO AVOID ANY ACTIONS WHICH WOULD FURTHER AGGRAVATE THE SITUATION.

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