USIS Washington 

07 August 1998


(US has record of tracking terrorists)  (300)

By Judy Aita

USIA United Nations Correspondent

New York -- Diplomats expressed outrage and dismay at the bombings of
US embassies in East Africa August 7 but wondered who might be behind
the bombings in that region.

In an interview on CNN television, US Ambassador to the UN Bill
Richardson characterized US relations with Kenya and Tanzania as

"These are countries that we have reasonably good relationships with,"
the US Ambassador said. "We've been concerned in Kenya with the human
rights situation there, but our relationships with Kenya, with
Tanzania, have been stable."

Richardson who talked with CNN journalists just hours after the
bombings near US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania said that the United States has "very good" and impressive
security arrangements at both embassies, which he has visited

Richardson said "we're very concerned, however, if our people -- our
embassies -- have been targeted. We're not going to tolerate that."

"But if you have very serious incidents like happened in both
capitals, you know that sophisticated work has been done," the US
Ambassador said.

The United States has been a leader in tracking suspected terrorists
and attempting to bring them to justice.

Secretary General Kofi Annan, traveling in Portugal, said August 8
that he was outraged and appalled at the attacks. He also added that
the region was an unlikely area for such kinds of terrorist attacks.

Annan told reporters that he was "quite shocked...because this is a
kind of terrorist attack that you do not see in that part of the is really a very worrying situation."