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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, May 3, 1999 Volume 35--Number 17 Pages 705-771 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders Balkans, situation in--759 Gun control legislation, proposed--746 Maryland, Democratic National Committee dinner in Chevy Chase--756 National Medals of Science and Technology, presentation--750 NATO 50th Anniversary Summit Close--735 Commemorative ceremony--710 Departure--708 Dinner--715 Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Dinner--733 Opening session--734 NATO-Ukraine Commission--732 North Atlantic Council Meeting on Kosovo--709 Meeting with the frontline states--733 Opening session--716 School violence, measures to address--767 Radio address--717 ``The Third Way: Progressive Governance for the 21st Century,'' discussion--736 Union of American Hebrew Congregations dinner honoring Rabbi David Saperstein--742 Bill Signings Education Flexibility Act of 1999, remarks--761 Communications to Congress Nuclear weapons stockpile, letter transmitting report on certification--741 Ordering Reserves to active duty to support military action in Kosovo, message transmitting Executive order--754 Communications to Federal Agencies Establishment of the Interagency Commission on Crime and Security in U.S. Seaports, memorandum--755 Kosovo Assistance to refugees fleeing, memorandum--767 Emergency refugee admissions consultations relating to Kosovars, memorandum --769 Renewing the Federal Government-University Research Partnership for the 21st Century, memorandum--753 Executive Orders Ordering the Selected Reserve and Certain Individual Ready Reserve Members of the Armed Forces to Active Duty--754 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Rose Garden--705, 759 South Lawn--708 Interview with Katie Couric of the National Broadcasting Corporation--763 News conference, April 24 (No. 173)--728 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Joint Statements Kosovo--711 Washington Declaration--713 Washington Summit Communique--718 Meetings With Foreign Leaders NATO leaders--705, 709-711, 713, 715, 716, 718, 732-736 Proclamations National Crime Victims' Rights Week--707 National Science and Technology Week--715 Statements by the President Congressional inaction on legislation to strengthen Social Security--714 Economy, national--769 Statements by the President--Continued Ordering Reserves to active duty to support military action in Kosovo, Executive order calling--753 Tobacco Legislation to waive the Federal Government's claim to tobacco settlement funds--763 Supreme Court's decision to consider Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco products--741 Working Group on Financial Markets report--763 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--771 Checklist of White House press releases--770 Digest of other White House announcements--770 Nominations submitted to the Senate--770 [[Page 705]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 705-707] Monday, May 3, 1999 Volume 35--Number 17 Pages 705-771 Week Ending Friday, April 30, 1999 Remarks Following Discussions With NATO Secretary General Javier Solana and Exchange With Reporters April 22, 1999 The President. Good afternoon. Secretary General Solana and I have just had a good meeting reviewing the NATO Summit. Our alliance is strongly united today, in no small measure because of his leadership. He has made a tremendous difference as we have worked to reshape NATO to meet new challenges and as we have responded to Mr. Milosevic's repression in Kosovo. Serb forces there have pushed nearly 1.4 million people, three- quarters of Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, from their homes. They have killed thousands, confiscated identity papers, separated parents from children, buried victims in mass graves, told Kosovars, ``Take a last look around, for you will never return to Kosovo.'' NATO's response has been firm and persistent. Our objective is clear: We want all the people of Kosovo restored to their homes, free of the hostile presence of Mr. Milosevic's forces; protected by an international security force; enjoying liberty and self-government. Mr. Milosevic can accept this outcome, or he can watch as NATO grinds down his war machine and the Serb people he claims to represent face mounting hardship. Our allied forces come from many backgrounds, but they are working together, now, through some 9,000 air sorties. They have weakened Mr. Milosevic's defenses, command and control, and capacity to produce fuel and ammunition. We are attacking the infrastructure that supports the military offensive, including bridges and electrical power. Increasingly, we are striking at tanks, artillery, and aircraft, and in recent days we've begun to strike key facilities used to direct and incite the campaign of ethnic cleansing. Meanwhile, our relief efforts are working to bring order out of chaos and hope to those in despair. I am grateful to all the Americans, and indeed, to people around the world who have provided assistance. Now, tomorrow, the leaders of 42 nations will gather here for NATO's 50th Anniversary Summit. This summit will enable our alliance to advance our mission in Kosovo and to plan for a better future--to build a Europe that is undivided, democratic, and at peace. This crisis in Kosovo has underscored the importance of the efforts we have been making for 5 years now to strengthen and adapt NATO for the new century, to enhance our capacity to address regional and ethnic conflicts on NATO's doorstep, to protect our citizens against terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, to improve security cooperation with partner nations across Europe, to help aspiring members improve their candidacies so they can join NATO. At our summit, we will advance these efforts, meet with partner nations, including Ukraine and the nations of the frontline of the Kosovo crisis. We will reaffirm our commitment to advancing our cooperation for peace and stability with Russia, for though we have differences on Kosovo, the world benefits when we work together. And we will further our efforts for deeper democracy, tolerance, economic development, and regional integration in Southeastern Europe, in the hopes that soon all the people there, including the Serbs who are now suffering from Mr. Milosevic's reckless tyranny, can have peace, prosperity, and true freedom. Now I'd like Secretary General Solana to say a few words. Mr. Secretary General. [At this point, Secretary General Solana made brief remarks.] Q. Mr. President---- Q. Mr. President---- [[Page 706]] Q. Mr. President, are you as committed now to now using---- The President. One at a time, one at a time. Ground Troops in Kosovo Q. Mr. President, I wonder if you could clarify the U.S. Government's position on Secretary General Solana's decision yesterday to authorize a reassessment of last year's plan to possibly introduce ground forces into Kosovo. Does this represent a precursor to that kind of decision? The President. Well, the answer to your last question is, no. The answer to your first question is, I support the Secretary General's decision to update the assessment. I think it is a wise and prudent course. Now, my position is still the same. I support the strategy we have embraced. It has the unity of the alliance, and it will be vigorously prosecuted. A vigorous prosecution of the air campaign, an intensification of economic pressures, along with our continuing diplomatic efforts, I believe is the correct strategy. And I believe it will succeed. But I support the decision he made. I think it's only prudent. Security Force for Kosovo Q. Mr. President, there are reports of a new offer by Milosevic to the Russians to allow some type of security force into Kosovo. Number one, what do you know about this offer? And number two, will any security force have to have not only NATO troops but also American forces on the ground as well? The President. Well, first of all, it's hard--I cannot comment on the offer because I literally don't know anything other than what you just said--that is, I heard about it just a few minutes before you did or after you did or at the same time, so I cannot comment on the details. If there is an offer for a genuine security force, that's the first time that Mr. Milosevic has ever done that, and that represents, I suppose, some step forward. My interest here is in something that will work that will have the support of the parties. My belief is that the members of our alliance want us all to be able to go in there and that the Kosovar Albanians
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