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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks at the United Nations
January 8, 2001, New York, New York
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: (In progress) -- and just really reemphasizes in my mind how great it is that he did become Secretary General. He is a man who is on top of all the subjects and is bold and imaginative. And we kind of went through the list of things that we worked on together.

QUESTION: You were instrumental in getting him in there.

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Something to do with it, yes.

QUESTION: When you were here, it was Iraq and it's still Iraq. Iraq is making offers of talking to the United Nations, getting some sort of dialogue. Is this a road the US would prepare if Baghdad is to be believed?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I think that we have made clear the importance of the sanctions regime and holding it together. In my conversations with my successor, Mr. Powell has also made clear that he also believes in the sanctions regime, and I think there should not be a lot of joy in Baghdad over a change in administration.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, NATO troops have been dying of diseases that have been related, many feel, to the use of depleted uranium in shells. Do you feel that these shells, these kinds of weaponries, should be outlawed altogether?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: First of all, there is absolutely no proof that there is a connection. We have forces there also, so we have been concerned about it. I think that the scientific-based aspect of this shows that there is no connection. Obviously, NATO is taking a look at it, though, in order to be very careful. This is kind of standard munition that is used.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, as Richard said, it was Iraq, but it was former Yugoslavia. Now you are leaving, and would you say -- would you confirm actually that you would be favorable that Mr. Milosevic could be tried in Yugoslavia, not only in The Hague Tribunal?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: First of all, it is very important that justice be carried out. He committed international war crimes, and so international justice has to take place. Carla Del Ponte is the prosecutor who is handling the details of this, but we believe that the statute of limitations does not run out and that there has to be a connection that is linked to The Hague. She is one that has to work it out.

QUESTION: Would you favor -- would you agree actually -- (inaudible) -- could be tried in Yugoslavia, not only in The Hague?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I think he needs to be tried -- (inaudible) --

QUESTION: On Iraq again, there was a report in a British newspaper that the British were considering pulling out of the no-fly zone in the south. Have you heard anything on that?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: As far as I understand, that is incorrect. In our contacts with the British Government --

QUESTION: And, secondly, would you recommend to your successor that Secretary General Kofi Annan run another term?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I think that he has been a brilliant Secretary General, but that is up to the next group to talk about.

QUESTION: How would you rate the chances of a Middle East success in the limited days that you and the President have?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, as the President stated yesterday, we are going to keep working on it as long as we are in office. Dennis Ross is going out tomorrow and he is going to do everything he can to narrow the differences.

Both sides have accepted the parameters with reservations. We're trying to work to reconcile that. The violence has to stop, and Ambassador Ross is going to do what he can to narrow the differences. And I now have to go before I catch pneumonia.

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