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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of 3/28/94

1. HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE Q: Why not allow the provision of humanitarian goods for the Iraqi people?

A: UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS DO NOT LIMIT IN ANY WAY THE PROVISION OF HUMANITARIAN GOODS TO IRAQ. IN ADDITION TO ITS ABILITY TO RECEIVE DONATED GOODS, IRAQ MAY ALSO PURCHASE HUMANITARIAN GOODS. IN RESPONSE TO IRAQ'S CLAIMS THAT IT NEEDED FUNDS TO PURCHASE HUMANITARIAN GOODS, THE SECURITY COUNCIL PASSED RESOLUTIONS 706 AND 712 IN 1991. THESE RESOLUTIONS PERMIT IRAQ TO SELL LIMITED QUANTITIES OF OIL TO FINANCE THE PURCHASE OF FOOD AND OTHER HUMANITARIAN GOODS, PROVIDED THAT THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF THESE GOODS IS MONITORED BY THE UNITED NATIONS.

THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT HAS REFUSED TO UTILIZE THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS, AND BEARS THE ENTIRE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONTINUED SUFFERING OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE.

2. STATE DEPARTMENT MEETING Q: Did Department of State officials meet with PKK officials last week?

A: NO, THERE WAS NO MEETING WITH PKK OFFICIALS. HOWEVER, WE DID MEET IN THE DEPARTMENT (OFFICE OF SOUTHERN EUROPEAN AFFAIRS AND OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS) LAST WEEK WITH A GROUP WHICH INCLUDED SEVERAL KURDISH-ORIGIN MEMBERS OF THE TURKISH PARLIAMENT AND A FORMER MAYOR OF DYARBAKIR. THE TURKISH OFFICIALS DISAVOWED ANY ASSOCIATION WITH THE PKK.

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