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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                            (Kiev, Ukraine)

For Immediate Release May 11, 1995


President Clinton has asked a top-level delegation to travel to Vietnam and Laos in order to facilitate further progress in achieving the fullest possible accounting for our POW-MIAs. This presidential delegation will travel to Vietnam May 13-16 and Laos May 17-18.

The delegation will be jointly led by Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Hershel Gober, Assistant Secretary of State Winston Lord and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/MIA Affairs James Wold. Similar high-level delegations went to Vietnam in July 1993 and July 1994.

While in Vietnam, the delegation will reaffirm the priority President Clinton attaches to achieving additional tangible progress on the outstanding POW-MIA cases. The delegation will emphasize to Vietnam's leaders that the President is looking for concrete progress in four key areas:

          Remains:  Concrete results from unilateral
     and joint activities on cases, live sightings and
     field activities;

          Discrepancy Cases:  Continued progress in
     resolving discrepancy cases, including the 55
     cases in which no determination of fate has yet
     been made;

          Laos:  Continued cooperation in implementing
     trilateral investigations with the Lao; and

          Documents:  Accelerated efforts to locate and
     provide all POW/MIA documents that could help lead
     to genuine answers.

     In Laos, the delegation will meet with senior Lao officials to

discuss ongoing activities to achieve the fullest possible accounting of Americans missing in Laos. In particular, the delegation will emphasize the importance of continued trilateral cooperation with the Vietnamese and seek broader access to Lao Government archival holdings.

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