Subject: USGOV: State dept on watch list and SCU
STATE DEPARTMENT BRIEFINGS
State Department Documents
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
January 16, 2004
QUESTION: Richard, can you discuss the placement on a watch list of some Indonesian military figures?
MR. BOUCHER: I'm afraid I can't. We're barred by law from talking about who's on the watch list.
QUESTION: On that, Richard, is General Wiranto welcome to visit the United States?
MR. BOUCHER: Once again, I'm not in a position to comment on visa eligibility or ineligibility.
QUESTION: I'm not asking about visas. I just want to know, is the United States Government -- he is a presidential candidate.
MR. BOUCHER: I don't believe we've invited him.
QUESTION: Would he be welcome to come here?
MR. BOUCHER: There's several billion people in the world. I'm not going to start asking -- answering whether individuals are welcome in the United States.
QUESTION: Yeah, but several billion people weren't named in a story in a major U.S.newspaper as having been placed on a watch list. I'm just curious if --
MR. BOUCHER: Because somebody writes a newspaper story doesn't mean I have to violate the law and start talking about who's on the watch list.
QUESTION: I'm not asking if he's on the watch list. I'm asking if he's welcome to visit the United States.
MR. BOUCHER: That's the same question, worded another way. I'm sorry, I can't get into individuals.
QUESTION: Okay. Are you concerned at all about the failure of the Indonesian Government to turn over people who have been indicted by this UN-supported trib-- these UN prosecutors in East Timor?
MR. BOUCHER: I think we've talked many times on that point.
QUESTION: No, you've spoken to the ad hoc Indonesian human rights court, but you have not spoken, that I am aware of, of the -- about the failure -- the refusal of the Indonesians to turn people over.
MR. BOUCHER: I'll check and see if we have and if we haven't, see if we have anything to say.
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