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

1. RWANDA Q: When did the U.S. Inter-Agency team for Rwanda travel to the region? Where is the UNHRC Special Rapporteur?

A: THE U.S. INTER-AGENCY TEAM LED BY AMBASSADOR RAWSON TRAVELLED TO THE REGION ON MONDAY, JUNE 13.

--THE UNHRC SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR, WHO IS INVESTIGATING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN RWANDA, WAS SCHEDULED TO DEPART COTE D'IVOIRE FOR NAIROBI ON JUNE 11 AND THEN TRAVEL TO BURUNDI ON JUNE 12. WE UNDERSTAND HE ARRIVED IN KIGALI TODAY, JUNE 16.

2. HAITI:

Q: Will Haitian refugee applicants be tested for HIV?

A: AN INITIAL MEDICAL TEST FOR H.I.V. WILL BE CONDUCTED ABOARD SHIP.

--THERE IS A WAIVER PROCESS FOR H.I.V. POSITIVE PERSONS WHO ARE APPROVED FOR ADMISSION TO THE U.S. AS REFUGEES. THAT WAIVER PROCESS IS ADMINISTERED BY THE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE.

Q: How many refugee applicants can be accommodated aboard the processing ship?

A: THE SHIP CAN ACCOMMODATE 1,522 BOAT PEOPLE.

Q: When did processing begin aboard the "Comfort"?

A: HAITIAN BOAT PEOPLE ARRIVED AT THE "COMFORT" FOR PROCESSING ON THE MORNING OF THURSDAY, JUNE 16.

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