ACCESSION NUMBER:370267 FILE ID:EUR212 DATE:12/06/94 TITLE:U.S.-RUSSIA JOINT COMMISSION ON POW/MIAS TO HOLD PLENARY (12/06/94) TEXT:*94120607.PFE *EUR212 12/06/94 U.S.-RUSSIA JOINT COMMISSION ON POW/MIAS TO HOLD PLENARY (Text: State Department statement) (420) Washington -- The U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs plenary will be held in Washington December 7-9. Following is the text of the December 6 statement by Christine Shelly, acting spokesman of the State Department: (Begin text) U.S.-RUSSIA JOINT COMMISSION ON POW/MIAS PLENARY TO BE HELD IN WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 7-9, 1994 The eleventh United States-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs (USRJC) plenary is scheduled to take place in Washington, December 7-9, 1994. The Joint Commission has met nine times in Moscow, commencing March 1992, and most recently in August/September 1994. The current Washington meeting is the second to be held here. The commission has also traveled to the Baltic States, Ukraine, Armenia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and to eastern Russia in an effort to expand interview efforts and archival searches. This plenary is intended to promote the work already undertaken in previous commission meetings held over the past two and one-half years. Discussions will involve working group sessions for World War II, Korean, Cold War, and Vietnam; permit Russian delegates to examine our archival holdings; meet with senior American military and civilian officials, and provide a forum for family members to directly ask Russian commission members questions pertaining to individual cases. The Joint Commission was established in March 1992 by agreement between Presidents Bush and Yeltsin to determine the fates of American servicemen 1rom World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War who may still be missing on the territory of the former Soviet Union or about whom the Russians may have information. The commission also has an objective to assist the Russians in learning about the fates of Russian servicemen in Afghanistan. The U.S. side of the commission is headed by Ambassador Malcolm Toon. Other members include Senators Bob Smith and John Kerry; Congressmen Sam Johnson and Pete Peterson -- both former POWs in Vietnam; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/MIA, James Wold; president Joint Military Intelligence College, Denis Clift; principal deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, Ambassador Peter Tomsen; Department of State director for Independent States and Commonwealth affairs, John Herbst; and acting national archivist, Dr. Trudy Peterson. The Russian side, headed by General Volkogonev, includes parliamentarians, the heads of the major archives, and officials of the Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs, the Interior and security services. (End text) NNNN .