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Clinton Apologizes To Italians

March 5, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton said Americans were ``profoundly regretful and apologetic″ about the cable car accident that killed 20 skiers in Italy last year and, in a meeting with the Italian prime minister, sought to smooth over relations soured by the acquittal of the Marine pilot whose plane caused the accident.

At a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema, Clinton said Defense Secretary William Cohen would meet with Italian counterpart to review operation changes designed to avert similar accidents.

While he said he didn’t want to comment in detail on a pending case, Clinton said the United States remained determined to assess responsibility for the accident.

``I want to say to the people of Italy on behalf of the American people, we are profoundly regretful and apologetic for what has occurred to the families and all of the people of Italy,″ Clinton said.

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