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From: CNN
In: Washington
Posted 7-15-97

Subject: Dole, Lieberman Urge President To Pursue Bosnia War Criminals

Former senator and GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) called on President Bill Clinton to take a more active role in ensuring that those suspected of Bosnian war crimes are tracked down and brought to justice.

Using the National Holocaust Memorial Museum as a backdrop, Dole and Lieberman, along with a representative of the Coalition for International Justice, announced that they sent a letter today to the president asking for the United States to "take some risks for the sake of peace." A copy of the letter also appeared as an advertisement in Tuesday's New York Times.

Dole, making his first public comments since visiting Bosnia a few weeks ago, said "we're here to call upon the president, President Clinton, to ensure that all war criminals in Bosnia are arrested and brought to justice. Today we're here to say there's much more to be done to bring a just and stable peace to Bosnia, if we do not arrest the perpetrators of these crimes of genocide, we'll risk the investment of billions of dollars, now its about seven billion [dollars], thousands of military and civilian personnel, and our prestige and influence as the greatest country on the face of the earth."

Although he said he "doesn't believe in deadlines," Dole hinted that if needed, the NATO troops may have to stay beyond their current exit date of June 30, 1998.

"Unless we can bring war criminals to justice, when the deadline comes," Dole said, "we're going to have a very, very difficult decision. We've lost a lot of time, [Serb leader Rado