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NATO: Albright Meets Britain's New Foreign Secretary

Washington, 20 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - The State Department says U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook yesterday discussed NATO alliance expansion, the situation in Bosnia and the pending Chinese takeover of Hong Kong.

It was Albright's first formal meeting with the new Foreign Secretary since the British election earlier this month.

State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns provided few details on the substance of the Albright-Cook talks. He says they met for 90 minutes.

They did issue a joint statement praising the work of U.S. and British investigators who issued reports this month on what happened to gold stolen by the Nazis from concentration camp prisoners and other victims of the Holocaust during World War II.

The diplomats said it is time to look for new ways to make restitution to the Holocaust survivors or their descendants, and they called for the convocation of an international conference in London to discuss the issue before the end of next year.