Press Advisory Number: No. 367-P

December 28, 1995


Secretary of Defense William J. Perry will depart Washington, D.C. Monday night, January 1, 1996, on an eight-country, seven-day trip to Europe and the Middle East.

The Secretary will visit U.S. and NATO forces at Aviano AB and Vicenza, Italy,and Taszar and Kopasvar, Hungary on January 2. The next day he will travel to Sarajevo and Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina. While in Sarajevo, he will also meet with officials from the Bosnian government. Accompanying the Secretary in Italy, Hungary and Bosnia will be Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On January 4, the Secretary visits Kiev, Ukraine for bilateral discussions with Ukrainian government officials as well as a trilateral meeting with Ukranian Minister of Defense Valery Shmarov and Russian Minister of Defense Pavel Grachev. On January 5, Secretary Perry and his Ukrainian and Russian counterparts will jointly participate in a missile silo destruction in Pervomaysk, Ukraine. There will also be a separate ceremony marking the turnover of housing built for Ukrainian officers as part of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.

Later on January 5, Secretary Perry flies to Muscat, Oman for meetings with Omani government officials.

On January 6, after meetings in Oman, Secretary Perry travels to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to discuss regional security issues with Saudi government officials. The following day, the Secretary moves to Amman, Jordan, where he will meet with King Hussein and other Jordanian government officials. On January 8,Secretary Perry will continue regional security discussions in Jerusalem with Israeli government officials. He will return to Washington, D.C. later that same day.