State Department Briefing, December 8
State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli briefed the press December 8.
Following is the transcript of the State Department briefing:
U.S. Department of State
Daily Press Briefing Index
Thursday, December 8, 2005
1:20 p.m. EST
Briefer: Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
-- Third Additional Protocol to Geneva Convention on New Symbol
-- Visit of Assistant Secretary Welch to Near East
-- Alleged Execution of U.S. hostage
-- Attack Near Kirkuk/Death of American Contractor
-- Extension of Japanese Military Deployment
-- Iranian President's Remarks on Israel/Iranian Record of Anti-Semitic Actions and Statements
-- Arrest of Ante Gotovina/Role of Croatian Government in Arrest/Significance of Arrest
-- Exclusion of United States from ASEAN Summit/Relations with ASEAN
-- U.S.-China Relationship/Statement and Briefing by Deputy Secretary Zoellick
-- Purpose of Visit by Assistant Secretary Welch
-- Satellite Jamming from Libya
QUESTION: Sorry. I just want to go back to Libya.
MR. ERELI: Please. Go ahead.
QUESTION: What is the goal in Libya and are you any closer to normalizing full relations?
MR. ERELI: The purpose of the visit to Libya is to continue to work with the Government of Libya on developing the bilateral relationship. Obviously, we've made significant and -- we've seen significant advances over the last couple of years. There remain a number of issues that we need to engage with them on. This is -- I think you'll note that we have now regular and sustained contacts with the Government of Libya for the purpose of moving the relationship forward and his visit comes in that context.
QUESTION: Can I follow up on that?
MR. ERELI: Sure.
QUESTION: Can you talk about a recent jamming of frequencies that -- radio frequencies and satellite frequencies that seems to be coming from the Libyans and do you think that these actions would hamper your desire to or the swiftness with which you normalize relations?
MR. ERELI: Yeah, I don't know if I'd make that linkage. It's been reported to us by Loral Space and Communications that it has encountered unexplained interference on one of its satellites and that that interference was traced to Libyan territory. We've asked the Government of Libya to identify the source of the interference and resolve the problem, and we'll be continuing to investigate it.