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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release February 24, 1993
                       REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
            AND PRIME MINISTER JOHN MAJOR OF GREAT BRITAIN
                         IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
                  
                            The Oval Office

3:10 P.M. EST

Q Mr. President, are you going to make an announcement on Bosnia today? On the airdrop?

THE PRESIDENT: I don't think we'll have a final announcement today. But the Prime Minister and I certainly are going to discuss that along with a number of other things.

Q Mr. Prime Minister, are you concerned that American airdrops might endanger British troops on the ground, put them subject to Serbian --

PRIME MINISTER MAJOR: No, I'm not remotely concerned about that. We'll discuss the airdrops, I think, as a humanitarian initiative that's very welcome. And it'll have our support. I don't think is going to endanger British troops.

Q What is holding you up, Mr. President, in your decision?

THE PRESIDENT: Just going through the procedures we have to go through to discuss this with our allies.

Q When are you going announce a press conference?

THE PRESIDENT: You know, I didn't realize it had been so long since I had one. I really didn't, Helen, until you mentioned it the other day. I need to give you one. I'll get --

Q When?

THE PRESIDENT: I'm going to take it up with our folks. I didn't even know it had been a long time -- since I answer these questions all the time.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: -- press conference everyday.

Q That's not a press conference.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Oh, I know. I know.

THE PRESIDENT: I'll do better on that.

Q You promise?


Q have anything to say about Brian Mulroney in his resignation today?

THE PRESIDENT: I wish him well. I talked to him. We had a nice visit. And I don't think that I can add anything to the


statement that was made. But I was very -- I was very appreciative of the conversation we had and I wish him well.

Q Can we ask how the special relationship is, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me?

Q Can we ask how the special relationship between the U.S. and Britain is?

THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely.

PRIME MINISTER MAJOR: You have got the British press. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely. It's special to me personally and it's special to the United States, and I think it will be as long as I'm sitting here in this office.

END3:13 P.M. EST