ACCESSION NUMBER:280676 FILE ID:NFS366 DATE:04/28/93 TITLE:U.S. TO URGE ESTABLISHMENT OF IRAQI WAR CRIMES PANEL (04/28/93) TEXT:*93042866.NFS 04/27/sec state prior to iraqi nat'l congress/#mcj yb kf *NFS366 04/28/93 * U.S. TO URGE ESTABLISHMENT OF IRAQI WAR CRIMES PANEL (Transcript: Christopher remarks, 4/27/93) (570) Washington -- Secretary of State Warren Christopher, prior to meeting at the State Department with members of the Iraqi National Congress (INC) April 27, told reporters that the Clinton administration intends to urge that the United Nations establish an Iraqi War Crimes Commission. "The government of Iraq, at the present time, has a really abysmal record on the subject of human rights," Christopher said. For that reason, the United States will encourage the UNSC to look into war crimes, and will also support the unified opposition in Iraq. The following is the official transcript of the Secretary's remarks to news media: (BEGIN TRANSCRIPT) SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: I'm here today to welcome the leaders of the Iraqi National Congress to the State Department. The INC, as it's known, has made real progress in unifying the principal opposition groups in Iraq. They have chosen a representative group of leadership to meet with me here today. They've indicated to me that their goal is a territorially unified, democratic and pluralistic Iraq, which respects the rights of its neighbors and can live in peace with its neighbors. As I've said many times, a goal of the United States is to ensure that the present government of Iraq lives up to and follows all the United Nations resolutions. I'll be discussing that with the members of the INC here today. The government of Iraq, at the present time, has a really abysmal record on the subject of human rights, a great many violations of human rights throughout the country. And as I've informed these gentlemen just before going into the meeting, the United States will propose that the Security Council establish a commission, to consider the creation of a commission, to investigate Iraqi war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The United States will be urging the United Nations Security Council to consider the creation of such a commission. We believe that only through respect for legitimate rights of its own people, only through respect for its neighbors can Iraq have any opportunity to return to the community of nations. Thank you very much. And I do welcome all these gentlemen. I look forward to an opportunity to meet with them. QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, what do you know about efforts by Iraqi intelligence agents to assassinate President Bush when he was in Kuwait recently? SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: I don't know anything about those reports at all, I'm sorry to say. QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, can I ask a question on your support for the Iraqi opposition? Is this -- what you said today about the human rights commission -- the ultimate support you are going to give the INC, or will you discuss other forms of support you are going to give them? 1ECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: Well, as I've said, we are going to be urging the United Nations to consider the creation of a commission to look into the various war crimes and other matters that I indicated. By meeting here with these gentlemen today, I've indicated the United States' support for the wide-range of opposition groups in Iraq, of which these gentlemen are important members. They've been chosen to represent the leadership of the unified opposition in Iraq. Thank you very much. (END TRANSCRIPT) NNNN .