Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With President Emil Constantinescu of Romania in Bucharest
Q. Mr. President, are you going to tell the Romanian President when Romania will be taken into NATO? [Laughter]
President Constantinescu. It's not a press conference. [Laughter]
President Clinton. She's been doing this quite a long while. She's better at it than we are, and we cannot win. [Laughter]
Q. What do you think of your reception, Mr. President?
President Clinton. It was wonderful seeing all the people in the streets, and I'm very, very glad to be here. It's quite impressive what they have accomplished here in Romania in such a short time. And I think you see from the spirit of the people in the streets their devotion to freedom. It's a great tribute to the President and to his Government, and I'm looking forward to this.
"Mars Pathfinder" Spacecraft
Q. What do you hear from Mars? [Laughter]
President Clinton. We're doing okay on Mars.
Q. Mr. President, is the situation in Bosnia calm? I mean, have you heard any reports?
President Clinton. So far, yes. We have no reports to the contrary.
Q. Are you sorry they didn't get the big guys?
President Clinton. Well, I think what was done was appropriate and within the SFOR mandate. The people were under sealed indictment, and they came in regular contact with the SFOR forces there—and that's plainly within the mandate—in the British sector. They were prepared to do that, and we helped them to move the people who were arrested to the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. And I think it was the right thing to do.
NOTE: The exchange began at 12:48 p.m. at the Cotroceni Palace.
William J. Clinton, Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With President Emil Constantinescu of Romania in Bucharest Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/224600