The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali:


At approximately 1 p.m. Sunday, 22 October, the Secretary-General met with President William J. Clinton of the United States. They had a broad exchange of views on world issues, including the situations in Haiti, Angola, Guatemala, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the former Yugoslavia, expressing the hope that a peaceful settlement would soon be found in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

President Clinton expressed his strong support for the continuum of conferences held by the United Nations, from Rio to Cairo, from Vienna to Copenhagen and most recently Beijing, which he said had helped to change the world's thinking on those problems. The Secretary-General and President Clinton also discussed the financial crisis of the United Nations and reviewed recent positive developments in the Middle East.


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