ACCESSION NUMBER:214447 FILE ID:PO-103 DATE:02/10/92 TITLE:WHITE HOUSE REPORT, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (02/10/92) 1EXT:*92021003.POL WHITE HOUSE REPORT, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (Haiti, ruble stabilization, Iraq) (450) NEWS BRIEFING -- Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater discussed the following topics: BRUTALITY AGAINST HAITIANS NOT SUBSTANTIATED Fitzwater told questioners the administration believes most Haitian refugees are seeking economic rather than political asylum in the United States; he said reports of brutality against refugees who have returned to Haiti are unproven. The Washington Post reported February 10 that United Nations monitors at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were told some of those returned last November had been beaten or killed. It said refugee advocates were given notes of the monitors' interviews by U.N. diplomats. Fitzwater said the United States was "not able to substantiate" the reports, adding, "there is no evidence that there has been that kind of brutality." He said the administration considers concluded its investigation of the charges, which was conducted by U.S. Embassy officers in Port au Prince. NO COMMITMENT ON RUBLE STABILIZATION MECHANISM Fitzwater told questioners the president is not committed to any mechanism for stabilizing the ruble. Baker, he said, was "discussing" a ruble stabilization fund, "but we have not made any commitment to any specific mechanism or vehicle. Secretary Baker simply was pointing out the ruble presents a problem for world currency markets and one that the Western nations need to consider. We have not endorsed or proposed any specific mechanism." Asked if Bush is now ready to endorse some stabilization fund, he replied that "the United States has been a leader in helping to design any number of solutions to the problems they're facing in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) -- and we have provided funding to the tune of around $5,000 million -- and this is another problem that has to be dealt with and we want to work with the countries of the West in resolving it. We have not identified any specific mechanism." SADDAM EFFORT DENIED Asked whether there has been an intensified U.S. effort against Iraq's dictator, in view of recent news reports alleging that Bush has signed an intelligence finding calling for covert action to oust Saddam Hussein, Fitzwater said, "Our action is to continue to press for compliance with United Nations resolutions." Pressed on whether Washington is doing "anything different," he said, "No." Fitzwater also told questioners, "We don't comment on security matters or intelligence matters, but the fact is that the U.N. resolutions still remain the active voice of the world in terms of trying to get Saddam Hussein to meet those sanctions and to live up to the standards of the world community, and they are the principal means that we have. Beyond that, there's no change." NNNN .