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U.S. Department of State
96/12/18 Statement: OSCE Delegation to Serbia
Office of the Spokesman



Press Statement Released by the Office of the Spokesman
December 18, 1996



                        OSCE Delegation to Serbia



Ambassador Max Kampelman will join Spanish former Prime Minister Felipe 
Gonzalez on a delegation to Serbia.  The delegation, on behalf of the 
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, will look into the 
present crisis in Serbia-Montenegro, including the November 17 
elections, their subsequent annulment by the government, the status of 
the independent media, and the continuing public protests in Belgrade 
and elsewhere.  The delegation, and its critically important mission, 
was originally suggested by the United States.  It will offer 
recommendations on follow-up action consistent with OSCE human rights 
principles and democratic norms.  Scheduling arrangements are not 
complete at this time, but the mission is expected to arrive in Belgrade 
this Friday.

Ambassador Kampelman has a long and distinguished career in government 
service, including as Counselor of the Department of State and 
Ambassador and Head of the United States Delegation to the Negotiations 
with the Soviet Union on Nuclear and Space Arms.  Ambassador Kampelman 
has long played a leading role in the U.S. engagement in the OSCE and 
its predecessor, the CSCE.  He was appointed by Presidents Carter and 
Reagan to serve as Ambassador and Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 
CSCE Madrid conference, from 1980 to 1983.  He subsequently served as 
Ambassador and Head of U.S. Delegation to the CSCE Copenhagen Conference 
on the Human Dimension in June 1990, the CSCE Geneva Conference on 
National Minorities in July 1991, and the CSCE Moscow Conference on the 
Human Dimension in September 1991.
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