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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 14, 1994
                         IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
                                  The Oval Office

11:35 A.M. EST

Q President Nazarbayev, do you support NATO's decision to threaten the Bosnian Serbs with air strikes in case they don't remove all their artillery from the hills surrounding Sarajevo?

PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV: Despite the fact that Kazakhstan is well removed from those events by a great distance, I still believe we all as members of the U.N. respect the decision taken by the Security Council.

Q Mr. President, is there a gap between the U.N. and the United States on what steps need to be taken in order to launch air strikes?

PRESIDENT CLINTON: I don't have any reason to believe that there is. Keep in mind the Secretary General asked NATO to take the action we took and made it clear that -- we made it clear that we do not want to take that action unless we could follow through on it -- that is, unless the conditions were met that we would take the action we said. And he agreed with that. So I have no reason to believe that there is any difference of opinion.

Q Do you sense that the Serbs are beginning to cooperate?

THE PRESIDENT: I think so. And I think -- again, let me say, that the larger issue is whether we can move toward a reasonable peace agreement quickly after establishing a safe zone around Sarajevo. But we're just going to have to see. There's still a few more days left before the time runs out.

THE PRESS: Thank you.

END11:45 A.M. EST