THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
The Vice President met this morning with Prime Minister of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Haris Silajdzic. The Vice President reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to a political settlement that preserves Bosnia as a state within its internationally recognized borders, as set forth in the Contact Group plan.
He and the Prime Minister discussed ways to create the conditions necessary for an equitable negotiated settlement between the parties, and to end the violence and suffering of all the peoples of the Former Yugoslavia.
The Vice President noted that the renewed commitment of the international community to strengthen UNPROFOR is a positive step towards these goals. The Vice President warned that the recent efforts in Congress to lift the arms embargo unilaterally, if successful, would force the immediate withdrawal of UNPROFOR and lead to a humanitarian crisis of grave proportions.