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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Aid workers rescued from Afghanistan, welcoming ceremony--1711
    Farm Journal Forum--1719
    ``Mark Twain Tonight'' viewing--1729
    Radio address--1710
    U.S. attorneys conference--1726
    U.S. Nobel laureates--1715

 Bill Signings

    Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002, statement--1723
    Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002, statement--1723
    Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, 
        and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002, statement--
    Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act, statement--1722
    Legislation to prevent the elimination of certain legislatively 
        mandated executive branch reports, statement--1722

 Communications to Congress

    Kosovo International Security Force, letter reporting on deployment 
        of U.S. military personnel--1709

 Executive Orders

    Creation of the President's Council on Bioethics--1724
    Waiver of Dual Compensation Provisions of the Central Intelligence 
        Agency Retirement Act of 1964--1716

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters in the Rose Garden--1711, 1717

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Spain, President Aznar--1717
    United Nations Secretary-General Annan--1716


    National Diabetes Month--1729
    National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month--1731
    National Hospice Month--1731

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Caspian Pipeline Consortium, commissioning--1722
    Gov. James S. Gilmore III of Virginia, resignation as Republican 
        National Committee chairman--1733
    Insurance industry terrorist claims legislation, House action--1729
     Mexican motor carrier legislation, House and Senate action--1732
     War on terrorism and Defense appropriations legislation, House 

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1736
     Checklist of White House press releases--1735
     Digest of other White House announcements--1733
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1734

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on November 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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Letter to Congressional Leaders Reporting on the Deployment of United 
States Military Personnel as Part of the Kosovo International Security 

November 18, 2001

Dear Mr. Speaker:  (Dear Mr. President:)

    In my report to the Congress of May 18, 2001, I provided information 
regarding the continued deployment of combat-equipped U.S. military 
personnel as the U.S. contribution to the NATO-led international 
security force in Kosovo (KFOR) and to other countries in the region in 
support of that force. I am providing this supplemental report, 
consistent with the War Powers Resolution, to help ensure that Congress 
is kept fully informed on continued U.S. contributions in support of 
peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo.
    As noted in previous reports, the U.N. Security Council authorized 
member states to establish KFOR in U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244 
of June 10, 1999. The mission of KFOR is to provide a military presence 
in order to deter renewed hostilities; verify and, if necessary, enforce 
the terms of the Military Technical Agreement (MTA) between NATO and the 
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY); enforce the terms of the 
Undertaking on Demilitarization and Transformation of the former Kosovo 
Liberation Army (KLA); provide day-to-day operational direction to the 
Kosovo Protection Corps; and maintain a safe and secure environment to 
facilitate the work of the U.N. Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo 
    Currently, the U.S. contribution to KFOR in Kosovo is approximately 
5,500 U.S. military personnel. An additional 500 U.S. military personnel 
are deployed as the National Support Element in Macedonia, with an 
occasional presence in Albania and Greece. In the last 6 months, all 19 
NATO nations and 19 others, including Russia, have provided military 
personnel and other support personnel to KFOR in Kosovo and other 
countries in the region.
    In Kosovo, the U.S. forces are assigned to a sector principally 
centered upon Gnjilane in the eastern portion of Kosovo. For U.S. KFOR 
forces, as for KFOR generally, maintaining a safe and secure environment 
remains the primary military task. United States forces conduct security 
patrols in urban areas and in the countryside throughout their sector. 
Approximately 79 percent of KFOR soldiers are dedicated to patrolling, 
manning checkpoints, and mounting border and boundary patrols. The KFOR 
forces operate under NATO command and control and rules of engagement.
    The UNMIK continues to make progress in establishing the necessary 
structures for provisional democratic self-government in Kosovo, 
including through adoption of the Constitutional Framework for 
Provisional Self-Government, and preparations for Kosovo-wide elections 
scheduled to occur on November 17, 2001. The KFOR coordinates with and 
supports UNMIK at most levels, and is represented at the Joint 
Implementation Commission. Also, KFOR support includes providing a 
security presence in towns, villages, and the countryside, and 
organizing checkpoints and patrols in key areas of Kosovo to provide 
security, protect minorities, resolve disputes, and help instill in the 
community a feeling of confidence. Finally, KFOR is supporting, within 
its means and capabilities, the provision of humanitarian relief, public 
safety and order, and the maintenance of essential civic works 
    NATO continues formally to review KFOR's mission at 6-month 
intervals. The most recent 6-month review will be completed this month, 
and presented to the North Atlantic Council in December 2001. These 
reviews provide a basis for assessing current force levels, future 
requirements, force structure, force reductions, and the eventual 
withdrawal of KFOR. The KFOR

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has transferred full responsibility for its public safety and policing 
responsibilities to the UNMIK international and local police forces in 
every area except Kosovska Mitrovica, where the responsibility is shared 
due to security concerns.
    The continued deployment of U.S. forces has been undertaken pursuant 
to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as 
Commander in Chief and Chief Executive. I appreciate the continued 
support of the Congress in these actions.
                                                George W. Bush

Note: Identical letters were sent to J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the 
House of Representatives, and Robert C. Byrd, President pro tempore of 
the Senate. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Week Ending Friday, November 30, 2001
The President's Radio Address

November 24, 2001

    Good morning. Thanksgiving this year comes 72 days after a terrible 
national shock, an act of evil that caused, and continues to cause, so 
much suffering. Yet, the evil the terrorists intended has resulted in 
good they never expected. And this holiday season, Americans have much 
to be thankful for.
    We're thankful for the character of our fellow citizens who are 
flying flags and donating to charity and comforting those who grieve. 
Americans have aided the families of victims and the starving children 
of Afghanistan, half a world away. This country has a good and generous 
    We're thankful for the decency of the American people who have stood 
for the American tradition of tolerance and religious liberty, a 
tradition that has welcomed and protected generations of immigrants from 
every faith and background.
    We are thankful for new heroes, police officers and firefighters and 
emergency workers, who have renewed our respect for public service and 
provided lasting lessons in courage.
    We're thankful for the men and women of our military, who are 
defending our lives and liberty with such skill, honor, and success.
    We're thankful, this year even more intensely, for our lives and our 
families and the love of those around us. Americans are remembering what 
really matters--holding our children more closely, giving them more 
    And we're thankful to God, who turned suffering into strength and 
grief into grace. Offering thanks in the midst of tragedy is an American 
tradition, perhaps because in times of testing, our dependence on God is 
so clear.
    The Pilgrims gave thanks even after the many deaths of a bitter 
winter. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed days of national thanksgiving even 
during a bloody Civil War. Lincoln asked God to heal the wounds of the 
Nation and to restore it, as soon as it may be consistent with the 
divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility. 
We pray for this goal, and we work for it.
    In America, blessings are meant to be shared, and our Thanksgiving 
is revealed in concern for others. At this season, Laura and I hope 
you'll find ways to reach out and share your blessings and talents in 
your own communities: Tutor or mentor a child; volunteer in a hospital; 
support our troops by becoming active in the USO; comfort those who feel 
afraid; show your kindness to a Muslim neighbor; help someone in need of 
shelter or food or words of hope; and continue to pray for America.
    We will face difficult times ahead. The fight we have begun will not 
be quickly or easily finished. Our enemies hide and plot in many 
nations. They are devious and ruthless. Yet we are confident in the 
justice of our cause. We will fight for as long as it takes, and we will 
    May God grant us patience, resolve, and wisdom in all that is to 
come. Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 9:50 a.m. on November 21 in the 
Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 
24. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on November 23 but was embargoed for release until the 

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