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ACCESSION NUMBER:292961

FILE ID:POL204

DATE:07/06/93

TITLE:STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT, TUESDAY, JULY 6 (07/06/93)

TEXT:*93070604.POL

STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT, TUESDAY, JULY 6



(Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Egypt-extradition)  (650)

There was no formal State Department news briefing.  However, acting

spokesman Sondra McCarty informally discussed these topics with reporters:



HAITI COULD GET UP TO $37.5 MILLION IN U.S. AID

As the agreement to restore democracy to Haiti, announced over the past

1eekend, moves forward, the small Caribbean island nation could receive up

to $37.5 million in U.S. assistance, the acting spokesman said.



On July 4, President Clinton characterized as "a good thing" the agreement

worked out by United Nations special mediator Dante Caputo between exiled

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the de facto military authorities of

Haiti who ousted him in September 1991.  It calls for Aristide's return to

office by the end of October.



McCarty pointed out that the White House last week announced the creation of

the Haiti Reconstruction and Reconciliation Fund.



It would provide up to $37.5 million to support the international civilian

mission now in Haiti, she said.  It would provide economic support and

stabilization for Haiti, begin an administration of justice program, create

and train a civilian police force and professionalize the military.  It

would also fund a civic works program.



LIBYA MUST COMPLY WITH RESOLUTIONS ON PAN AM 103

McCarty said that Libyan leader Qadhafi "knows exactly what he must do"

to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions dealing with the 1988

terrorist bombing of Pan American Airlines flight 103 and the extradition

of two Libyans accused in the bombing.



"The Security Council requirements are not open to negotiations," she

declared.



Asked about a Washington Times interview with Qadhafi, McCarty said there

was nothing new in it.  The Libyan leader said the two accused persons are

willing to be tried in a neutral site other than the United States or

Britain.



McCarty noted that the "channel for contacts on Pan Am 103 is the U.N.

secretary general," not a press interview.



IRAQI ACTION PART OF A BROADER PATTERN

McCarty said the Iraqi action to bar the U.N. from installing a

monitoring camera at a missile testing site is "part of a broader pattern

of conduct" by Iraq that demonstrates its desire to limit inspection rights

and operational capabilities of the U.N. mission.



"Included in this campaign have been Iraqi attempts to restrict the scope of

inspections and information gathering and to restrict access and to impose

delay on inspections" by UNSCOM (U.N. Special Commission)," she added.



She noted that the U.N. Security Council in a June 18 statement said

"serious consequences" would result if Iraq did not comply with UNSCOM

decisions.  "President Clinton has publicly supported this decision,"

McCarty pointed out.



"The Security Council's requirement of Iraq to accept the cameras is clear

-- accept their installation and the broader requirement for long-term

monitoring laid out in UNSC resolutions 687 and 715," she said, noting that

the United States is conferring with other council members on the Iraqi

action.



EGYPT ASKS FOR EXTRADITION OF SHEIK ABDEL RAHMAN

The Egyptian government has formally requested the extradition of Sheik

Omar Abdel Rahman, the Muslim cleric who was detained July 2 in New York by

federal authorities, McCarty said.



In a television interview July 4, Secretary of State Christopher said he

knew that Egypt wanted Abdel Rahman returned and that the United States

would take "a sympathetic view" if an extradition request was received.



"The Egyptian government has requested his extradition," McCarty told

1eporters.  "We are consulting with them on technical matters."  She

referred additional questions to the Justice Department.



Followers of Abdel Rahman have been linked to the World Trade Center bombing

earlier this year, and to last month's foiled plot to blow up the United

Nations and assassinate a number of political figures.



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