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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]
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[Page i-iii]
 
Monday, May 3, 1999
 
Volume 35--Number 17
Pages 705-771
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

Presidential

Documents







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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
  
  
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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

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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----

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    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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