U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of March 14, 1994
1. Terrorism Q: Is there anything in U.S. law or policy which would trigger automatic action flowing from your comment that members of Kach and Kahane Chai have advocated and engaged in terrorist activities?
A: NO. THIS IS OUR ANALYSIS OF THOSE GROUPS' ACTIVITIES AND PUBLIC STATEMENTS; IT IS NOT A LEGAL DETERMINATION.
--IN MAKING THIS ANALYSIS, WE RELIED ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WORKING DEFINITION OF TERRORISM: "THE TERM 'TERRORISM' MEANS PREMEDITATED, POLITICALLY MOTIVATED VIOLENCE PERPETRATED AGAINST NONCOMBATANT TARGETS BY SUBNATIONAL GROUPS OR CLANDESTINE AGENTS, USUALLY INTENDED TO INFLUENCE AN AUDIENCE."
2. BOSNIA Q: Please explain the NATO decision which relates to the request and authorization of air support in Bosnia invoked this past weekend?
A: THE NAC MINISTERIAL IN ATHENS, ON JUNE 10, 1993, AUTHORIZED NATO MILITARY AUTHORITIES TO RESPOND TO REQUESTS FROM THE UN FOR CLOSE AIR SUPPORT IN BOSNIA, IF UN FORCES ARE UNDER ATTACK. THE NAC DOES NOT HAVE TO MEET AGAIN TO CONSIDER A REQUEST FOR CLOSE AIR SUPPORT.
Q: Has close air support been requested before this weekend?
Q: Is the U.S. satisfied that the chain of command worked properly?
A: YES. U.S. AND OTHER ALLIED AIRCRAFT AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE CLOSE AIR SUPPORT TO UNPROFOR IN BOSNIA ARE UNDER THE ESTABLISHED NATO CHAIN OF COMMAND, WHICH FUNCTIONED PERFECTLY. ON THE UN SIDE, THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL, OR HIS DESIGNEE, IN THIS CASE MR. AKASHI, HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO AUTHORIZE THE INITIAL USE OF AIRPOWER IN THE THEATER.
--NATO AND UN AUTHORITIES WERE IN REGULAR AND CLOSE CONTACT.
--WE ARE CONSULTING WITH THE UN TO DISCUSS THIS WEEKENDS EVENTS.
2. CHINA Q. Did the Secretary discussion include China and the GATT?
A. THE SECRETARY REAFFIRMED STAUNCH U.S. SUPPORT FOR CHINA'S ADMISSION TO THE GATT, SO LONG AS CHINA MEETS THE CONDITIONS REQUIRED FOR GATT MEMBERSHIP.
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