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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 210-95
July 19, 1995

No. 210-P:07/19/95:Assistant Secretary of Defense for Inter

Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Affairs Joseph S. Nye, Jr., will conduct a briefing on the Defense Ministerial of the Americas on Thursday, July 20, at 2 p.m. in the Pentagon Briefing Studio, Room 2E781.

Secretary of Defense William J. Perry will host the first Defense Ministerial of the Americas from July 24 to July 26, 1995, in Colonial Williamsburg, Va. Vice President Gore will make opening remarks for the Ministerial on Tuesday.

The Ministerial provides the Secretary an opportunity to get to know his counterparts in the Western Hemisphere better and to initiate a dialogue on defense and security issues. The Ministerial is being held in the spirit of the Miami Summit and complements the process of hemispheric integration begun there.

The U.S. delegation will be led by Secretary Perry and will include Mr. Thomas F. McLarty, Counselor to the President, Senator Bob Graham [D-Fla.], Assistant Secretary of State Alexander Watson, Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Mari-Luci Jaramillo, General Barry R. McCaffrey, Commander in Chief US Southern Command, and General John J. Sheehan, Commander in Chief US Atlantic Command.

The agenda for the meetings, which was determined largely through consultations with governments in the region, includes Transparency and Confidence and Security Building Measures, Defense Cooperation, and Armed Forces in 21st Century Democracies.

To facilitate press coverage of the Ministerial, a press center will be located in the Commonwealth Hall of the Woodlands Hotel in Williamsburg. A press center information desk will operate 24 hours a day to assist all credentialed press members. Press credential applications are available in Room 2E765 of the Pentagon.

An itinerary of media events during the Ministerial is attached.

Defense Ministerial of the Americas

Working Itinerary of Media Events

MONDAY, JULY 24, 1995

. Press Conference: Secretary of Defense William Perry, Langley AFB, Virginia. Conference will be at base flightline and is from noon to 12:30 p.m.

. Photo Opportunity: Arrival of Ministers of Defense, Langley AFB flightline through 1:05 p.m.

. Photo Opportunity: Windshield tour of Langley for ministers. Starts at 1:15 p.m.

. Photo Opportunity: Stroll to Governor's Palace by Secretary and Mrs. Perry, Dr. and Mrs. Nye and Mr. and Mrs. Wilburn. Starting time is 6 p.m.

TUESDAY, JULY 25, 1995

. Press/Photo Opportunity: Opening remarks by Vice President Gore at the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge starting at 8:30 a.m.

. Press/Photo Opportunity: Secretary Perry's opening remarks to the Plenary session in the Virginia Room of Williamsburg Lodge starting at 9 a.m.

. Press/Photo Opportunity: Heads of Delegation have photo taken in front of Williamsburg Inn starting at 2:20 p.m.

. Press/Photo Opportunity: Ministers host individual press opportunities. Ministers and time of conference to be announced.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 1995

. Media/Photo Opportunity: Closing Ceremonies are at the House of Burgesses starting at 11 a.m.

. Press Conference: Secretary Perry at the Press Center starting immediately after closing ceremonies. Ministers will also hold individual press conferences following Secretary Perry. Times and locations are yet to be determined.

NOTE: Media should contact the Defense Ministerial of the Americas Press Center, located in the Commonwealth Hall of the Woodlawns Hotel (in the vicinity of the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor's Center) for credentials and additional information concerning schedule and time changes. The press center opens Sunday, July 23, at 5 p.m. All media covering this event must have proper press and DMA credentials.

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