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Monday, November 2, 1998
Volume 34-Number 44
Pages 2101-2195

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

        Congressional candidate Janice Hahn, reception in Los Angeles--
        Senator Barbara Boxer
            Dinner in Los Angeles--2129
            Luncheon in San Francisco--2134
            Reception in Los Angeles--2125
    Economy, national and international--2184
        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
    New York City
        Departure from White House--2184
        Senatorial candidate Charles Schumer, reception in Brooklyn--
        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
        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--
    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.)

Editor's Note: The President was in New York City on October 30, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.


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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. 

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


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to Sudan--2154


    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

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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,

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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 
    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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