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U.S. Department of State
96/06/02 Press Briefing to Wire Services, Geneva, Switzerland
Office of the Spokesman
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release June 3, 1996
BRIEFING BY SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER
TO THE WIRE SERVICES
June 2, 1996
QUESTION: When you called Netanyahu, what did he tell you?
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: He assured me that he wanted to continue to
pursue the peace process and said he was moving to put together his
government. They hope to do so in rather a brief time, but he could not
tell because all was not certain. He was looking forward to coming to
the United States. He wanted to assure me that there would be a
continuing desire to move forward in the peace process. I told him we
had a good deal of background, as he well knew, and that we felt
obligated to let him know as much about the process as he wants to.
QUESTION: Will you have to make shifts in U.S. policy to accommodate
his views? Policy may be too strong -- shifts in strategy?
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: Well we have to find out what his views are. He
has not put together a government, he has not indicated any of his
views. He will be, I think, formulating his views as he goes along.
Until we see what they are, we ca not develop any change in our policy.
QUESTION: Do you have any idea, or have you been told, that Milosevic
will give you a letter today signifying that Karadzic would resign? If
you got such a letter, would that be enough for you, or would you have
to see some other steps?
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: I have not yet had my private meeting with
Milosevic so I do not know whether he is going to be bringing a letter
or not. What we want to see is tangible action. Letters have
significance, but actually being out of the office and not exercising
the power of the office or influencing it is what is vital to us.
QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, you are going to be in Berlin. Are the
Europeans trying to cut the United States out of NATO with this new
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: Not at all. This is something that has been
long in development, with the full coordination of the United States.
ESDI has been one of the ideas that we put forward. I look forward to a
harmonious meeting. The real significance of the meeting -- the historic
significance -- is France coming closer to NATO, drawing into NATO and
participating much more fully in NATO than they ever have in the past.
QUESTION: Mr. de Charette just said that the French would not come back
into the NATO structure fully if the Europeans do not get a permanent
defense identity within NATO. What is your reaction to that?
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: I have not seen that statement, but I will look
at that more fully. I would not think that France will at this meeting
come completely into NATO but, as I said, I think they are drawing
considerably closer and I think that is a move of historic dimensions.
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