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96/01/12 USUN Press Release #003-(96)
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
USUN PRESS RELEASE #003-(96)
JANUARY 12, 1996
Statement by James P. Rubin
Spokesman for U.S. Ambassador Madeleine K. Albright
January 12, 1996
Ambassador Madeleine K. Albright, in her dual capacity as U.S. Permanent
Representative to the United Nations and as a Member of the National
Security Council and President Clinton's cabinet, will depart Monday,
January 15, for Africa. Ambassador Albright will lead a Presidential
Mission to Liberia, Angola, Burundi, Rwanda and Egypt.
In Liberia, a nation of special historical significance to the United
States, Ambassador Albright will meet with Liberian faction leaders;
UNOMIL, ECOWAS and ECOMOG officials; and UN agency heads. She will
discuss the country's emergence from civil war and offer support for
keeping the peace process on track.
Ambassador Albright will then visit Angola to review UN peace efforts.
There she will meet with leaders of both parties to the Angolan conflict
to encourage improved dialogue and reconciliation. She will also
consult with UN Special Representative Maitre Beye and UNAVEM III
observers and officials in the Angolan peacekeeping mission in advance
of the UNAVEM III mandate renewal in early February.
From Angola, Ambassador Albright will travel to Burundi and Rwanda. In
Burundi, she will examine the depth of the humanitarian crisis and the
deteriorating political situation occurring there. In Rwanda,
Ambassador Albright will meet with President Pasteur Bizimungu and Vice
President Paul Kagame. She will visit with UNAMIR, UNHCR, UNDP, and War
Crimes Tribunal officials to discuss UN efforts in the country.
The Ambassador will then travel to Cairo, where she will meet with
Egyptian Government officials to discuss Security Council matters. She
will return to the United States on January 23rd.
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