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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of March 24, 1994

1. CHINA Q: Are the Chinese invited to participate in the Russian initiative to hold a conference on North Korea?

A: THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE INITIATIVE THE RUSSIANS INFORMED US OF INCLUDES RUSSIA, CHINA, THE US, JAPAN, DRPK, ROK, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE IAEA.

2. MALAYSIA Q: Do you have any comment on Malaysia's decision to ban "Schindler's List?"

A: WE HAVE SEEN NOTHING OFFICIAL FROM THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT ON THIS REPORTED DECISION. WE UNDERSTAND FROM THE MEDIA THAT THE DECISION TO BAN THE FILM, WHICH WAS REPORTED IN LONDON BY UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES, IS UNDER REVIEW BY THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT. THE MALAYSIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER HAS REPORTEDLY SAID THAT THE DECISION ON WHETHER "SCHINDLER'S LIST" WILL BE SHOWN IN MALAYSIA IS NOT FINAL.

--THIS AWARD-WINNING FILM IS A CLEAR DEPICTION OF HISTORIC EVENTS WHICH SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN.

3. COLOMBIA Q: Is there any truth to the rumor that the U.S. Government is calling for the resignation of Colombian Prosecutor General Gustavo de Greiff?

A: IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE UNITED STATES TO CALL FOR MR. DEGREIFF'S RESIGNATION. THAT IS AN INTERNAL MATTER WHICH MUST BE DEALT WITH IN COLOMBIA.

--THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED THAT THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL'S NEGOTIATIONS WITH MEMBERS OF THE CALI CARTEL MIGHT LEAD TO INAPPROPRIATELY LENIENT PENALTIES FOR THEIR CRIMES AND WOULD ALLOW THEM TO RETAIN THEIR ILL-GOTTEN GAINS. MR. DEGREIFF ALSO HAS RECENTLY CALLED FOR EVENTUAL LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS. WE HAVE EXPRESSED OUR CONCERNS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENT GAVIRIA WHICH COOPERATES CLOSELY WITH THE U.S. ON ANTI-NARCOTICS EFFORTS.

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