ACCESSION NUMBER:382678 FILE ID:PO1502 DATE:03/10/95 TITLE:WHITE HOUSE REPORT, FRIDAY, MARCH 10 (03/10/95) TEXT:*95031002.PO1 WHITE HOUSE REPORT, FRIDAY, MARCH 10 (Bosnia, Mexico, Mubarak) (500) NEWS BRIEFING -- Press Secretary Mike McCurry discussed the following topics: CLINTON NOT SWAYED BY CIA REPORT ON BOSNIA McCurry replied, "No," when asked if the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) report on Serb atrocities in Bosnia had given Clinton second thoughts about granting concessions to Belgrade. "It has underscored his determination," McCurry said of the report, "that these crimes be prosecuted by the International War Crimes Tribunal." The report attributed 90 percent of the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia to Serbs in Pale and Belgrade, saying the "systematic nature of the Serbian actions strongly suggests" that Serbs in Bosnia and Serbia "exercised a carefully veiled role in the purposeful destruction and dispersal of non-Serb populations." It said there is no "conclusive evidence" of involvement by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic or Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. McCurry said the report stiffened Clinton's determination to accelerate and invigorate the "diplomacy that can bring this conflict to an end. That was the purpose of Assistant Secretary (Richard) Holbrooke's visit with Milosevic recently, and it is the reason why we continue to press for measures that would get Milosevic and Serbia-Montenegro on the side of the kinds of solutions about the conflict" that have been outlined by the Contact Group. The group has proposed conditional lifting of some sanctions against Belgrade if Milosevic recognizes the territorial integrity of Bosnia. MEXICAN AUSTERITY PLAN BACKED McCurry told a questioner that Washington welcomes "the tough monetary and fiscal measures that were announced by the government of Mexico last night. They demonstrate Mexico's resolve to restore financial stability and to restore confidence in the markets. The measures demonstrate Mexico's willingness to take necessary -- although we acknowledge painful -- steps to put itself back on the road to long-term economic health. We believe our help and that of other international financial institutions will be critical to Mexico's economic recovery." 1 Noting that Mexico was authorized to draw on $3,000 million from the Treasury Department immediately, he added, "It is in our interest that Mexico, with this assistance, move forward with plans and reforms that can contribute to long-term stability." MUBARAK VISIT PLANNED McCurry said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will come to Washington in early April for discussions with President Clinton on the Middle East peace process as well as bilateral and regional issues. He said among other things the two presidents will discuss the U.S.-Egypt Joint Committee for Economic Growth, which the vice president will inaugurate during his March 19-24 trip to the Middle East. Gore and Mubarak will participate in the committee's first meeting, in Cairo. Formation of the group was announced last September. It aims to become "a high-level vehicle for deepening the focus" of the Washington-Cairo partnership for sustainable development. Gore intends to visit Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Oman, and to meet with Yasser Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organization. NNNN .