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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Press availability, Foksal Palace
Warsaw, Poland, July 10, 1997
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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I am very pleased to be here today to be able to congratulate your Foreign Minister and the Polish people for the fact that Poland has been invited to join NATO.
I was not planning to have a press conference but we have just had a very positive development in Bosnia. SFOR, within its mandate, was able to arrest an indicted war criminal and that is all I can tell you at this moment. We are very pleased at this development.
QUESTION: What role did U.S. pressure play in the action taken this morning in Bosnia?
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I am not going to comment further.
QUESTION: Will you be going to (inaudible) Karadzic?
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I said I am not going to comment.
QUESTION: Do you think that Poland, after being invited to join NATO, should play any special role in Eastern Europe?
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I think that we have thought for a long time that Poland has a very important role in Central and Eastern Europe. And now that it is going to be a part of the most important alliance in the history of the world, Poland clearly will be a very important regional player and also an important partner within NATO itself.

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