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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of March 8, 1994

1. IRAN Q: Today's Tehran Times claims that the U.S. appears to be inching toward renewing contacts with Iran in a move toward reconciliation. Has there been a change in U.S. policy toward Iran?

A: NO.

Q: Do you have any comment on Tony Lake's article on Iraq and Iran appearing in Foreign Affairs?

A: THE ARTICLE IS CLEAR THAT DUAL CONTAINMENT DOESN'T MEAN DUPLICATE CONTAINMENT. BUT RATHER THAN PROVIDE A SHORTHAND DESCRIPTION OF THE ARTICLE, I WOULD SUGGEST YOU READ IT THROUGH. IT'S A CLEAR, CONCISE EXPOSITION OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY.

2. CROATIA Q: What can you tell us about reports that a NATO aircraft was shot at over Croatian airspace?

A: WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY NATO THAT A SPANISH LOGISTICS AIRCRAFT, A CASA-212, SUPPORTING NATO OPERATION DENY . FLIGHT, MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING TODAY, MARCH 8, AT RIJEKA (REE-ay-kah) AIRPORT ON THE NORTHWEST COAST OF CROATIA, AFTER IT WAS APPARENTLY HIT BY GROUND FIRE WHILE OVERFLYING CROATIA.

--WE ARE NOT CERTAIN IF THIS INCIDENT OCCURRED OVER CROATIAN-CONTROLLED AIRSPACE OR OVER THE SERB-OCCUPIED REGION OF KRAJINA (KRA-ee-nah).

--THE AIRCRAFT CARRIED A CREW OF THREE, PLUS FIVE PASSENGERS. FOUR OF THE FIVE PASSENGERS, WHICH INCLUDED A U.S. CITIZEN, RECEIVED MINOR SHRAPNEL WOUNDS AND WERE TREATED IN RIJEKA (REE-AY-KAH). NONE OF THE CREW MEMBERS WERE INJURED.

--IT REMAINS UNCLEAR WHO FIRED ON THE AIRCRAFT. NATO AND UNPROFOR AUTHORITIES ARE CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE THE SOURCE OF THE GROUND FIRE.

3. LIBERIA Q: Has the U.S. agreed to provide logistical support for the West African forces in ECOMOG?

A: In response to requests from participants in the Cease-fire Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the U.S. has agreed to provide $2.6 million to help defray costs incurred by West African forces in ECOMOG related to expansion of the peacekeeping operation in Liberia. These funds will be drawn out of the $30.83 million U.S. commitment for Liberia peacekeeping and will be used for medical supplies, communications equipment, fuel and spare parts. Part of this assistance is being provided via the UN Trust Fund for Liberia and part via a bilateral grant to ECOWAS.

--Total U.S. assistance for conflict resolution and peacekeeping in Liberia over the last four years amounts to almost $60 million. During that same period, the U.S. has also provided over $320 million in humanitarian assistance to aid victims of the Liberian conflict.(###)

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