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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, April 3, 2000
Volume 36--Number 13
Pages 633-689

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Addresses and Remarks

    Gov. Frank O'Bannon, reception--644
    Grand Canyon, radio remarks on sightseeing flights--641
    New York City
        Democratic National Committee dinners--678, 683
        Democratic National Committee luncheon--667
        Selfhelp Austin Street Senior Center--673
    Pakistan, television address to the people of Pakistan from 
    Radio address--634
    Representative Debbie Stabenow, reception--641
    South Carolina, reception for Representative James E. Clyburn in 

Communications to Congress

    Angola (UNITA), message transmitting report on the national 
    Cuba, message transmitting report on telecommunications payments--

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Census 2000--687
    Continued Commitment to the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Program, 
    Effect of Imports of Crude Oil on National Security, memorandum--634

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--640
    News conference, March 22 (No. 189)--646

Joint Statements

    Joint Statement by the Depositary States on the 25th Anniversary of 
        Entry Into Force of the Biological and Toxin Weapons 
    United States-India Joint Leadership Statement on HIV/AIDS--633

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Egypt, President Mubarak--640


    Cancer Control Month--685
    Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and 
        American Democracy--633

Statements by the President

    House action on the supplemental budget request--678
    OPEC production decision and the legislative agenda for energy 
    Regional Funding Conference for Southeast Europe--677
    Russia, election of Vladimir Putin as President--638

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--689
    Checklist of White House press releases--688
    Digest of other White House announcements--687
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--688

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Monday, April 3, 2000
Volume 36--Number 13
Pages 633-689
Week Ending Friday, March 31, 2000
United States-India Joint Leadership Statement on HIV/AIDS

March 24, 2000

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic is not only an Indian problem, it is not only 
an American problem, it is a global crisis, threatening every country. 
It burdens our health systems, our economies and, most importantly, the 
lives of too many of our citizens. But the AIDS epidemic can be slowed, 
and ultimately reversed by raising awareness, changing behavior and 
developing new technologies including--eventually--a vaccine.
    To that end, India and the United States are working closely 
together, involving our public, academic, business and non-governmental 
sectors for the benefit of our nations, and the world. India and the 
United States are home to some of the world's finest scientists and 
facilities. We intend to expand collaborative research efforts in HIV/
AIDS prevention. Together we are applying our nations' substantial 
public health expertise and scientific capacities to fight the global 
    India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, through the National 
AIDS Control Organization (NACO), which coordinates HIV/AIDS policy 
formulation and implements prevention and control programs, has recently 
launched a new phase of its National AIDS Control Program. With a 
substantial commitment from the Indian Government, bolstered by 
additional resources from the World Bank, USAID and other donors, NACO 
is now working with State health authorities and non-governmental 
organizations to reduce high-risk behaviors and increase awareness in 
the general population.
    USAID is the major supporter of HIV/AIDS prevention programs in 
Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu States. Additionally, the United States 
(under its ``LIFE'' initiative) will support Indian efforts to prevent 
infection, care for the affected, and build capacity. Planning for these 
efforts include: establishing an HIV/AIDS resource center; establishing 
a business coalition for employer-based HIV prevention activities with 
private and public sector employers; supporting NGO activities for 
children affected by AIDS; and sensitizing journalists to HIV/AIDS 
    Science alone will not win the world's struggle against HIV/AIDS. 
This will require leadership, which India and the United States are 
determined to provide. We hereby commit our continued, personal 
involvement to stopping AIDS in India, the United States, and around the 

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Pages 633-689
Week Ending Friday, March 31, 2000
Proclamation 7283--Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration 
of Greek and American Democracy, 2000

March 24, 2000

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Two thousand five hundred years ago, the birth of democracy in 
Greece ushered in one of the true golden ages of Western civilization. 
The flowering of political, social, and artistic innovation in Greece 
served as the source of many of our most treasured gifts--the philosophy 
of Plato and Socrates, the plays of Sophocles and Aristophanes, the 
heroic individualism that rings in the epic 
poetry of Homer.
    But Ancient Greece's greatest legacy is the establishment of 
democratic government. America's founders were deeply influenced by the 
passion for truth and justice that guided Greek political theory. In 
ratifying our

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Constitution, they forever enshrined these principles in American law 
and created a system of government based on the Hellenic belief that the 
authority to govern derives directly from the people.
    While our democracy has its roots in Greek thought, the friendship 
between our two nations flows from our shared values, common goals, and 
mutual respect. This kinship with the Greek people was reflected in the 
enthusiasm with which America embraced modern Greece's fight for 
independence 179 years ago. Many Americans fought alongside the Greeks, 
while stirring speeches by President James Monroe and Daniel Webster led 
the Congress to send funds and supplies to aid the Greeks in their 
struggle for freedom.
    Our alliance with Greece has remained strong. Together we have stood 
up to the forces of oppression in conflicts from World War II to the 
Persian Gulf, we have joined as strategic partners in NATO, and we have 
worked to build peace, stability, and prosperity in the Balkans. Through 
decades of challenge and change, our friendship has endured and 
deepened, and together we have proved the fundamental truth of the Greek 
proverb, ``The passion for freedom never dies.''
    That passion for freedom has also beckoned generations of Greek men 
and women to America's shores, and today we celebrate and give thanks 
for the myriad contributions Greek Americans have made to our national 
life. More than a million citizens of Greek descent live in America 
today, and their devotion to family, faith, community, and country has 
enriched our society immeasurably.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton,  President of the United 
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the 
Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 
25, 2000, as Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of 
Greek and American Democracy. I call upon all Americans to observe this 
day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
    In Witness Whereof,  I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth 
day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., March 28, 

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March 29. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
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Memorandum on the Effect of Imports of Crude Oil on National Security

March 24, 2000

Memorandum for the Secretary of Commerce

Subject:  The Effect of Imports of Crude Oil on National Security

    I have reviewed and approved the findings of your investigative 

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