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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, November 2, 1998 Volume 34-Number 44 Pages 2101-2195 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks California Congressional candidate Janice Hahn, reception in Los Angeles-- 2120 Senator Barbara Boxer Dinner in Los Angeles--2129 Luncheon in San Francisco--2134 Reception in Los Angeles--2125 Economy, national and international--2184 Florida Arrival in West Palm Beach--2176 Discovery launch in Cape Canaveral Firing Room staff--2174 Launch Control Center staff--2174 Florida Democratic Party dinner in Palm Beach--2181 Representative Peter Deutsch, reception in Palm Beach--2179 HIV/AIDS initiative in minority communities--2166 Kosovo--2145 New York City Departure from White House--2184 Senatorial candidate Charles Schumer, reception in Brooklyn-- 2192 St. Sebastian's Parish Center in Queens--2186 Metropolitan A.M.E. Church's 160th anniversary celebration--2116 Radio address--2119 Regional Federal officials--2145 State visit of President Pastrana of Colombia Dinner--2171 Welcoming remarks--2155 Unity '98 fundraisers--2151, 2152 Addresses and Remarks--Continued Women and retirement security, roundtable discussion--2140 Wye River Memorandum signing ceremony--2101 Bill Signings Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998, statement--2148 Curt Flood Act of 1998, statement--2150 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, statement--2168 Federal Employees Health Care Protection Act of 1998, statement-- 2108 International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, statement--2149 Next Generation Internet Research Act of 1998, statement--2169 Noncitizen Benefit Clarification and Other Technical Amendments Act of 1998, statement--2170 Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999, statement--2108 Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, legislation amending, statement--2151 Communications to Congress Sudan, letter on continuation of the national emergency--2155 Communications to Federal Agencies Burma, memorandum on policy--2154 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters at the South Portico--2184 Interview with Walter Cronkite and Miles O'Brien of the Cable News Network in Cape Canaveral, FL--2171 News conference with President Pastrana of Colombia, October 28 (No. 165)--2156 Joint Statements Joint Communique with President Pastrana of Colombia--2165 Wye River Memorandum--2104 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Colombia, President Pastrana--2155, 2156, 2165, 2171 Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu--2101, 2104 Jordan, King Hussein I--2101, 2104 Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--2101, 2104 Notices Continuation of Emergency With Respect to Sudan--2154 Proclamations National Adoption Month--2178 National American Indian Heritage Month--2177 United Nations Day--2115 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Ecuador-Peru border settlement agreement--2140 Emergency funding Antidrug activities--2170 Farmers and ranchers, assistance--2114 HIV/AIDS initiative in minority communities--2168 Murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian--2124 Student loan default rate--2139 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2194 Checklist of White House press releases--2194 Digest of other White House announcements--2193 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2193 [[Page 2101]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2101-2104] Monday, November 2, 1998 Volume 34-Number 44 Pages 2101-2195 Week Ending Friday, October 30, 1998 Remarks at the Wye River Memorandum Signing Ceremony October 23, 1998 The President. Thank you. Thank you very much. Mr. Vice President, Madam Secretary. Your Majesty, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Chairman Arafat. To the Israeli and Palestinian delegations, the Members of Congress and the Cabinet, members of the diplomatic corps, my fellow Americans who are here, it's a great honor for me to welcome you here. I only wish the First Lady were here as well. She is in Chicago. We talked a few moments ago, and she sends her great happiness and best wishes, especially to Queen Noor and Mrs. Netanyahu. After some very difficult negotiations, very long, dare I say, quite sleepless, the Israelis and Palestinians here have reached an agreement on issues over which they have been divided for more than 17 months. This agreement is designed to rebuild trust and renew hope for peace between the parties. Now both sides must build on that hope, carry out their commitments, begin the difficult, but urgent journey toward a permanent settlement. Over the last 9 days I have witnessed extraordinary efforts on behalf of peace. I thank our team, beginning with its head, the Secretary of State, who showed remarkable creativity, strength, and patience. I thank the Vice President for his interventions. I thank my good friend Sandy Berger; our Director of Central Intelligence, George Tenet, who had an unusual, almost unprecedented role to play because of the security considerations; our Special Middle East Coordinator, Dennis Ross, who was a young man with no gray hair when all this began. [Laughter] I thank all the other outstanding members of our delegation. I thank Prime Minister Netanyahu, who stood so firmly for the security of his citizens and of his country, and of the impressive members of his Cabinet and administration. I thank Chairman Arafat, who tenaciously defended the interests of his people, and the very impressive members of his team, as well. In the end, after all the twists and turns and ups and downs, all their late and ultimately sleepless nights, both reaffirmed their commitment to the path of peace. And for that, the world can be grateful. And finally, let me thank His Majesty King Hussein, whose courage, commitment, wisdom, and frankly, stern instruction at appropriate times, were at the heart of this success. Your Majesty, we are all profoundly in your debt. This agreement is good for Israel's security. The commitments made by the Palestinians were very strong, as strong as any we have ever seen. They include continuous security cooperation with Israel and a comprehensive plan against terrorism and its support infrastructure. This agreement is good for the political and economic well-being of Palestinians. It significantly expands areas under Palestinian authority to some 40 percent of the West Bank. It also offers the Palestinian people new economic opportunities, with an airport, an industrial zone, soon safe passage between Gaza and the West Bank, and in time, a seaport. The Palestinian people will be able to breathe a little easier and benefit from the fruits of peace. Most importantly, perhaps, this agreement is actually good for the peace process itself. For 18 months it has been paralyzed, a victim of mistrust, misunderstanding, and fear. Now, ordinary Israelis and Palestinians once again can become partners for peace. To bolster this effort, Chairman Arafat will invite members of the Palestinian National Council and other important political entities to reaffirm his prior commitments and their support for the peace process. I have agreed to address that meeting, several weeks hence, [[Page 2102]] and to underscore the values of reconciliation, tolerance, and respect, and my support for those commitments and this process. People around the world should be heartened by this achievement today. These leaders and those with whom they work have come a very long way. The Israeli and Palestinian peoples, whose bitter rivalry in this century has brought so much suffering to both sides, have moved yet another step closer toward fulfilling the promise of the Oslo accords, closer to the day when they can live peacefully as true neighbors, with security, prosperity, self-governance, cooperation, and eventually, God willing, genuine friendship. No doubt, as peace gains momentum, forces of hate, no matter how isolated and disparate, will once again lash out. They know this, the leaders, and they are prepared to face it. Staying on the path of peace under these circumstances will demand even greater leadership and courage. The work at Wye River shows what can happen when the will for peace is strong. But let me say once again to all the rest of you, everyone who is tempted to handicap every little twist and turn over the last 9 days, you need to know one overwhelming thing: The Prime Minister and the Chairman and the members of their delegation who supported this process, even when there were things about it they did not agree with, are quite well aware that the enemies of peace will seek to extract a price from both sides. They are quite well aware that in the short run, they themselves may have put themselves at greater risk. But by pledging themselves to the peaceful course for the future, to the same values and, ultimately, to the same enemies, they have given both Israelis and Palestinians a chance to have the future we all want for our children and our children's children. Every effort will have to be exerted to ensure the faithful implementation of this agreement--not because the parties do not want to
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