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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Press Availability Prior to the Bilateral with Ibrahim Rugova
Paris, France, December 10, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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QUESTION: Madame Secretary, can you tell us what your reaction is to the Pinochet case, and specifically your pledge to release documents? How soon do you think that will happen?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, we have said we want justice, and that we have these values that we are concerned about, obviously, about justice being done, and I think we have to get a sense of what the rules and the timing of the decision may be. As I said previously, we respect the Chilean, the significant changes that have been made in the Chilean system. We have talked about reconciliation, and I think we have to assess where the situation is now. I don't want to specifically comment on the judicial aspects of this case. I also said that we would be releasing documents as rapidly as we can, consistent with the guidelines that the administration has set up on national security.

QUESTION: You have no timeline on that though?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: There have been some talks in Washington, that have been taking place within the Department at my direction, and we will have a better assessment then, I think.

QUESTION: What is the agenda for today, and (partially inaudible) what are you going to talk about?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: We are just going to talk about the situation in Kosovo. I didn't think this was a press conference.

OK, thank you.

[End of Document]

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