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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 5, 1993
                       REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

The Cabinet Room

11:00 A.M. EDT

Q Mr. President, will you be going to Congress to get authorization before any troops would be sent to Bosnia?

THE PRESIDENT: We're here consulting about Bosnia today, and I have been extensively consulting and no decision has been made by this administration about this yet. So when I do, then we'll continue to have proper process.

Q Do you think the War Powers Act is constitutional? (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Ask my lawyer. I don't play lawyer. I think it's worked reasonably well.

Q How do you think the vote will go in the Serb parliament?

THE PRESIDENT: I don't know. I hope they'll not only vote for it, I hope they'll observe it, which is two different issues. We have to start our meeting here in a minute, but I think one of the things that we have to discuss is that we want an agreement in words and an agreement in fact. And that's what we've got to watch.

Q Are you feeling any comfort in what Mr. Christopher is saying? It sounds as though he's running into roadblocks.

THE PRESIDENT: No, I talked to him several times since he's been on the trip. I'm pretty pleased, actually, with the progress he's made. We're a lot -- we're in a much different place and much nearer agreement than we were 10 or 12 days ago.

Q Have you and Senator Dole made up?

THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely. (Laughter.) I agree with what he said yesterday.

THE PRESS: Thank you.

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