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Voice of America, 00-03-05

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CONTENTS

  • [01] ALBRIGHT / EUROPE (L) BY KYLE KING (LISBON, PORTUGAL)
  • [02] ALBRIGHT - CZECH TALKS (L) BY KYLE KING (PRAGUE)
  • [03] ALBRIGHT / KOSOVO (S) BY KYLE KING (PRAGUE)

  • [01] ALBRIGHT / EUROPE (L) BY KYLE KING (LISBON, PORTUGAL)

    DATE=3/4/2000
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-259838
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright travels to her native Czech Republic today (Sunday) after wrapping up a visit to Lisbon, where she discussed Chechnya with the Russian and European foreign ministers. VOA's Kyle King reports the Secretary will use her three day trip to Prague to meet with President Vaclav Havel and take part in Czech anniversary celebrations.

    TEXT: Secretary of State Albright's trip to the Czech republic comes amid speculation she might be entertaining a bid for the Presidency of her native country. But the Secretary, who fled Czechoslovakia as a child to escape the Nazis, has moved quickly to end the speculation. Before she began her trip, Ms. Albright issued a statement saying she was flattered by the reports but is not and will not be a candidate. During her visit, Ms. Albright is to hold talks with the ailing Czech President Vaclav Havel, whose term in office expires in 2003. The 62 year old Secretary will also take part in ceremonies marking the anniversary of the birth of the first Czechoslovak president, Thomas Masaryk. Ms. Albright flies to Bosnia on Wednesday. During her visit to Sarajevo, the Secretary will review efforts to implement the 1995 Bosnian peace agreement that was signed in Dayton, Ohio. Relations between Bosnia's Serb and Muslim-Croat Federations remain strained and hundreds of thousands of refugees from the war have yet to return to their homes. Local elections are due early next month (April 8th), and officials are hoping the recent defeat of nationalists in nearby Croatia will encourage voters to choose less hard- line candidates in Bosnia. Analysts say the failure of international peacekeepers to arrest wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his military chief Radko Mladic has also been a destabilizing force. As the Secretary began her 10 day European trip, the United States offered a reward of up to five million dollars for the arrest of two men, who have been indicted for war crimes by the International Tribunal in the Hague. Following her visit to Bosnia, the Secretary will travel to Brussels for talks with E-U President Romano Prodi and NATO Secretary General George Robertson. Those talks are expected to focus on the situation in Kosovo. (signed)
    NEB/KBK/PT 04-Mar-2000 16:20 PM EDT (04-Mar-2000 2120 UTC)
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    [02] ALBRIGHT - CZECH TALKS (L) BY KYLE KING (PRAGUE)

    DATE=3/5/2000
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-259858
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has received assurances from Czech President Vaclav Havel, that his country will not sell technology that could help Iran develop nuclear weapons. The pledge came at the start of the Secretary's three day visit, which will include celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Thomas Masaryk, who is considered the father of Czech democracy. From Prague, V-O-A's Kyle King reports.

    TEXT: Secretary of State Albright said she was honored to be in her native country at what she called a special moment in its history. In addition to celebrations honoring the country's first democratic president, the visit coincides with the one year anniversary of the Czech Republic's membership in NATO. Speaking at a joint news conference with President Havel, Ms. Albright praised the Prague government for its efforts to meet NATO's tough membership criteria.

    /// ALBRIGHT ACT ///

    I believe it has been very good for NATO and very good for the Czechs, and this last year has proven the importance and value to both the organization and the countries.

    /// END ACT ///

    Ms. Albright also praised the Czech Republic for its efforts to support what she called the forces of democracy and tolerance in Bosnia and Kosovo. The Czech Republic has taken part in peacekeeping operations in both trouble spots, and the Secretary asked President Havel to consider sending additional police to Kosovo. Asked about recent clashes between ethnic Albanians and Serb police just over the Kosovo border, Ms. Albright warned extremists on both sides not to try to destabilize the situation. President Havel said his talks with the Secretary touched on a number of other key issues, including U-S concerns about nuclear technology transfers to Iran. A Czech company is reported to have signed an agreement to provide 30-million dollars of cooling duct parts destined for an Iranian nuclear reactor. U- S officials say they are concerned about the transfer of any technology that could assist Iran in developing a nuclear weapons program. Speaking through an interpreter, President Havel assured the Secretary that his country would abide by international rules.

    /// HAVEL INTERPRETER ACT ///

    On the subject of Iran, I have also assured Secretary Albright that the Czech Republic will exercise solidarity with the international community and will not allow exports to Iran of components that might be abused for the benefit of nuclear armaments industries.

    /// END ACT ///

    Secretary of State Albright and President Havel meet again Monday in the city of Brno, where she will tour a museum dedicated to the memory of Thomas Masaryk, who is considered the father of Czech democracy. She will also meet with Supreme Court justices for talks on legal reforms and with representatives of non-governmental organizations to discuss ways to promote democracy in Serbia. (Signed) NEB/KBK/gm 05-Mar-2000 16:40 PM EDT (05-Mar-2000 2140 UTC)
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    Source: Voice of America

    [03] ALBRIGHT / KOSOVO (S) BY KYLE KING (PRAGUE)

    DATE=3/4/2000
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-259856
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says she is concerned about recent clashes between Serb police and ethnic Albanians on the Serb side of the Kosovo border. The Secretary made the comments in Prague, following wide-ranging talks with Czech President Vaclav Havel. Correspondent Kyle King reports.

    TEXT: Secretary of State Albright says it is important that extremists on either side of the Serb border with Kosovo not be allowed to disrupt the situation. Dozens of ethnic Albanians have fled Southern Serbia in recent days following clashes between Serb police and armed ethnic Albanians who say they are trying to defend their communities.

    /// ALBRIGHT ACT ///

    We are and have been concerned about some of the activities of the Albanians and I have spoken to their leadership and will continue to do so.

    /// END ACT ///

    The Secretary said the only government that has been disrupting activities in the region is the one in Belgrade. And she said it is important that local people be allowed to resolve their own problems. Ms. Albright plans further discussions on the issue during her three-day visit to the Czech Republic. (SIGNED)
    NEB/KBK/RAE 05-Mar-2000 13:59 PM EDT (05-Mar-2000 1859 UTC)
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