ACCESSION NUMBER:292337 FILE ID:POL405 DATE:07/01/93 TITLE:BOUTROS-GHALI MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT FORMER YUGOSLAVIA (07/01/93) TEXT:*93070105.POL BOUTROS-GHALI MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT FORMER YUGOSLAVIA (Sees negotiators at "beginning" of solution) (530) By Wendy Lubetkin USIA European Correspondent 1eneva -- U.N. Secretary General Boutros-Ghali says he is more optimistic about the situation in the former Yugoslavia than he was two days ago, and he believes negotiators have arrived "at the beginning of a solution to the problem." "I believe that there is progress, and at least this is the feeling of my special representative, Mr. Stoltenberg, that there is progress in the whole peace process in the region," the secretary general said at a July 1 news briefing in Geneva. He did not elaborate about reasons for his optimism, but he had talked earlier with members of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia, which was meeting in Geneva. "My position is that we must find a solution and that the solution will not be found unless all the protagonists in the conflict are in agreement. So what we must look for is a common denominator which would allow the construction of a sustainable solution for the former Yugoslavia," he said. Boutros-Ghali insisted that a negotiated settlement would have no impact on U.N. plans for a war crimes tribunal. "Crimes have been committed in the ex-Yugoslavia...and those crimes must be punished by the tribunal," he said. Asked about his Geneva meeting last week with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz, Boutros-Ghali said they had discussed all the disputes between the United Nations and Iraq. "We agreed that it was necessary to begin by implementing (U.N.) Security Council resolutions 706 and 712," he said, referring to the 1991 resolutions which would allow Iraq to sell $1,600 million worth of oil to obtain funds for humanitarian purposes. Up to the present Iraq has protested that the U.N. monitoring of the sale required in the resolutions would constitute a violation of its national sovereignty. Boutros-Ghali said he and Aziz had agreed that finding a way to implement the two resolutions might "allow us to create a new political atmosphere which would help us to find solutions" to the other disputes between Iraq and the United Nations. He added that high-level negotiations are scheduled to begin in New York July 7. Asked when Iraqi oil might reach the world market, Boutros-Ghali said he did not know because the negotiations "might be successful, or they might fail." In response to questions on the recent U.S. missile strike against Iraq's intelligence service, Boutros-Ghali refused comment other than to say that he was informed about the strike by President Clinton and that he had also been informed of the U.S. decision to submit the action to the Security Council for discussion. At the briefing, the secretary general also announced the creation of a "high-level advisory board on sustainable development" as part of the follow up to last year's "Earth Summit" in Rio De Janeiro. He said he had appointed 21 individuals, including business leaders, diplomats, academicians and scientists, to serve on the board. NNNN .