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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, December 4, 1995
Volume 31--Number 48
Pages 2057-2102

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Addresses to the Nation

    Implementation of the peace agreement in Bosnia-Herzegovina--2060

Addresses and Remarks

    Bosnia-Herzegovina--2059, 2064
        Community in Dublin--2095
        Parliament in Dublin--2097
    Radio address--2057
    United Kingdom
        Business leaders in Belfast--2084
        Christmas tree lighting in Belfast--2092
        Community in Londonderry--2086
        Dinner hosted by Prime Minister Major in London--2079
        Inauguration of the Thomas P. O'Neill Chair for the Study of 
            Peace in Londonderry--2088
        Mackie International employees in Belfast--2080
        Parliament in London--2072
        Reception hosted by Sir Patrick Mayhew in Belfast--2094

Bill Signings

    Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1996, statement--2089
    National Highway System Designation Act of 1995, statement--2064
    Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 1995, 

Communications to Congress

    EURATOM-U.S. nuclear energy cooperation agreement, message 

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Iran, message reporting--2066
    Railroad Retirement Board, message transmitting report--2068

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        London, United Kingdom--2076
        Roosevelt Room--2059
        State Dining Room--2064
    News conference with Prime Minister Major of the United Kingdom, 
        November 29 (No. 107)--2068

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    United Kingdom
        British Labour Party leader Tony Blair--2076
        Prime Minister Major--2068, 2079


    National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month--2090
    World AIDS Day--2091

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Congressional action on lobby reform legislation--2077

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2102
    Checklist of White House press releases--2101
    Digest of other White House announcements--2100
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2101

Editor's Note: The President was in Dublin, Ireland, on December 1, 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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Monday, December 4, 1995
Volume 31--Number 48
Pages 2057-2102
Week Ending Friday, December 1, 1995
The President's Radio Address

November 25, 1995

    Good morning. All across our Nation this weekend, American families 
are coming together to give thanks for the good things in our lives. 
Hillary and I wish all of you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend. 
As we rejoice in our blessings in the company of our loved ones, let's 
also give thanks for America's blessings and for all we have achieved as 
a nation.
    This week, after a tough debate on the Federal budget, we made 
important strides toward what I hope will be common ground. Our 
Government is open again, and the Republican leaders in Congress have 
agreed to work with me to find a process so that we can establish our 
Nation's priorities together.
    I hope we can balance the budget in a way that is true to our 
fundamental values: expecting responsibility from all our citizens but 
also providing opportunity so that we become a society in which 
everybody has a chance to win, not a winner-take-all society; honoring 
our obligations to our senior citizens through Medicare and Medicaid 
while also making investments for the next generation in education, 
environment, research, and technology; helping our families to be 
stronger and stay together; and ensuring that America remains the 
strongest force in the world for peace and freedom, democracy and 
    All around the world we are seeing the results of America's 
willingness to work and to lead for peace. We see it in the Middle East, 
where even in the wake of the tragic loss of Prime Minister Rabin, Arabs 
and Israelis continue to turn the page on past conflict. We see it in 
Northern Ireland, where bombs and bullets have given way to hope for the 
future--where I will visit next week. And in this week of Thanksgiving, 
we have seen the results of America's leadership for peace in Bosnia.
    After 4 years of terrible conflict, we have helped the people of 
Bosnia turn from the horror of war to the promise of peace. America's 
negotiating team, backed by NATO's resolve and air power, brokered a 
cease-fire. We got the parties to agree on the principles of the 
settlement and brought them to the peace table in Dayton, Ohio. And now, 
the skill and dedication of our negotiators, working with our European 
and Russian partners, has enabled them to reach a comprehensive peace 
    Peace in Bosnia is important to America, to both our values and our 
interests. The Bosnian people have suffered unspeakable atrocities: mass 
executions, ethnic cleansing, campaigns of rape and terror. Two hundred 
and fifty thousand people have died; two million have been driven from 
their homes, with over a million of them still homeless. The violence 
done to those innocent civilians does violence to the principles on 
which America stands. The only way to end the killing for good is to 
secure a commitment to peace. Now our conscience demands that we act.
    Securing the peace will also prevent the war in Bosnia from 
reigniting and then from spreading, sparking an even wider and more 
dangerous conflict right in the heart of Europe in the Balkan regions 
where there is still a lot of tension and potential for conflict in 
areas near Bosnia. In 1914, a gunshot in Bosnia's capital, Sarajevo, 
launched the first of two World Wars that drew America in to make great 
sacrifices for freedom. We must not let this century close with gunfire 
ringing in Sarajevo.
    The peace agreement preserves Bosnia as a single state within its 
present borders and with international recognition. It settles the 
territorial disputes over which the war began. Refugees can return to 
their homes. People will be able to move freely throughout the country. 
The parties have accepted strong safeguards for human rights. They've 
pledged to cooperate fully with the inter- 

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national war crimes tribunal so that those responsible for crimes 
against humanity can be brought to justice.
    Now that all the parties, including the Bosnian Serbs, have made a 
serious commitment to peace, America must help them to make it work. All 
the parties have asked for a strong international force to give them the 
confidence and the breathing room they need to implement the peace 
agreement and to begin the hard task of rebuilding.
    NATO, the alliance of democracies that has preserved our security 
since the end of World War II, is clearly that force. And America, as 
NATO's leader, clearly must participate. Without our support the hard-
won peace would be lost, the terrible slaughter would resume, the 
conflict that already has claimed so many lives could spread like a 
cancer throughout the region.
    In the days ahead I will review the NATO implementation plan and 
continue to consult closely with Congress. As of now, we expect that 
about a third of the NATO force will be American, approximately 20,000 
troops. Two-thirds will be from our NATO allies in other supportive 
    Our men and women will take their orders from the American general 
who commands NATO forces. They will have the authority to meet any 
threat to their safety or any violation of the peace agreement with 
immediate and decisive force. They will not be deployed until I am 
satisfied that the NATO mission is clear, limited, and achievable and 
until Congress has a chance to be heard.
    I will discuss the peace agreement and the NATO mission in more 
detail when I speak to the Nation on Monday. I will also be visiting 
with American troops in Germany next week to talk directly with them 
about the important mission their Nation is asking them to carry out.
    But on this Thanksgiving weekend, I ask my fellow Americans to think 
about who we are as a people, what we are as a nation. All around the 
world others look to us not just because of our economic and military 
might, because of what we stand for and what we're willing to stand 
    In Bosnia, our Nation has led the way from horror to hope, hope for 
no more Srebrenicas, no more shelling of children's playground, no more 
desperate winters, no more shattered lives. Now we have a responsibility 
to see this achievement for peace through. Our values, our interests, 
and our leadership are at stake.
    So let us give thanks for America's role in bringing Bosnia's 
nightmare to an end, and let us share the blessing of our Nation's 
strength to secure a lasting peace.
    May God bless the United States on this Thanksgiving weekend.

Note: The address was recorded at 9:30 a.m. on November 24 at Camp 
David, MD, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 25.

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Monday, December 4, 1995
Volume 31--Number 48
Pages 2057-2102
Week Ending Friday, December 1, 1995
Statement on Signing the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living 
Adjustment Act of 1995

November 22, 1995

    Today I have signed into law H.R. 2394, the ``Veterans' Compensation 
Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 1995.''
    In signing H.R. 2394, I am pleased to extend a most deserved benefit 
to our Nation's service-disabled veterans and the surviving spouses and 
children of those who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our 
freedom. In acting to maintain the value of these payments, we keep 
faith with those who have given so much in service to us all.
    The Act provides a 2.6 percent increase in compensation and 
dependency and indemnity compensation benefits, effective December 1, 
1995. This is the same percentage increase that Social Security 
beneficiaries and veterans' pension recipients will be receiving in 
    On Veterans Day, we paused to salute all men and women in uniform. 
Today, it is altogether fitting that we give tangible expression to our 
enduring commitment to honor our obligations to them.
                                            William J. Clinton
The White House,
November 22, 1995.

Note: H.R. 2394, approved November 22, was assigned Public Law No. 104-
57. This statement was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
November 27.

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