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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, April 5, 1999
Volume 35--Number 13
Pages 531-577

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Addresses and Remarks

    Camp David, MD, departure for--532
    Electronic Industries Alliance, dinner--539
    Former Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher, portrait 
        NATO airstrikes--532
    National economy--571
    Radio address--531
    Social Security and Medicare trustees, report--535
        Military community at Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk--564
        U.S. troops at Aviano Air Base, telephone remarks from Norfolk--

Bill Signings

    Bankruptcy code provisions legislation, statement--537
    Small Business Year 2000 Readiness Act, statement--574

Communications to Congress

    Chemical and biological weapons defense, letter transmitting 
    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--538

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Delegation of functions, memorandum--550
    Kosovo conflict, drawdown of articles and services to support 
        international relief efforts, memorandum--563
    Refugee and migration assistance, emergency funding, memorandum--550

Executive Orders

    Further Amendment to Executive Order 12981, as Amended--546
    Identification of Trade Expansion Priorities and Discriminatory 
        Procurement Practices--561
    Implementation of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act 
        of 1998--546

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Briefing Room--571
        Rose Garden--535
        South Lawn--532
    Interview with Dan Rather of CBS News--550

Letters and Messages

    Easter, message--575
    Passover, message--537
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    Cancer Control Month--569
    National Child Abuse Prevention Month--570

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Census, 2000--568
    Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty--545
        Joe Williams--537
        Michael Aris--532

Statements by the President--Continued

    Florida youth antismoking program, results--569
    Kosovo, Serbian proposal to settle situation--537
    U.S. pilot in Serbia, rescue--532

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--576
    Checklist of White House press releases--576
    Digest of other White House announcements--575
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--576

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Monday, April 5, 1999
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Pages 531-577
Week Ending Friday, April 2, 1999
The President's Radio Address

March 27, 1999

    Good morning. Three days ago I decided the United States should join 
our NATO allies in military airstrikes to bring peace to Kosovo. In my 
address to the Nation last Wednesday, I explained why we have taken this 
step: to save the lives of innocent civilians in Kosovo from a brutal 
military offensive; to defuse a powder keg at the heart of Europe that 
has exploded twice before in this century with catastrophic results; to 
prevent a wider war we would have to confront later, only at far greater 
risk and cost; to stand with our NATO allies for peace.
    Our military operation has been underway for several nights now. In 
this time, Serb troops have continued attacks on unarmed men, women, and 
children. That is all the more reason for us to stay the course. We must 
and we will continue until Serbia's leader, Slobodan Milosevic, accepts 
peace or we have seriously damaged his capacity to make war.
    As always, America's military men and women are performing with 
courage and skill. Their strength comes from rigorous training, state-
of-the-art weaponry, and hard-won experience in this part of the world. 
This is the same brave and tested force that brought stability to Bosnia 
after 4 years of vicious war. I am confident they will once again rise 
to the task.
    Some of them are fighter pilots, some are bombers, some are 
mechanics, technicians, air traffic controllers, and base personnel. 
Every time I visit our troops around the world, I am struck by their 
professionalism, their quiet, unassuming determination. They always say, 
``This is the job I was trained to do.'' They don't see themselves as 
heroes, but we surely do.
    I've also been deeply impressed by the solidarity of NATO's purpose. 
All 19 NATO nations are providing support, from Norway to Turkey, from 
England to Italy, from Germany and France to our neighbors in Canada, 
including our 3 allies from central Europe, the new NATO members: 
Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic.
    And we should remember the courage of the Kosovar people today, 
still exposed to violence and brutality. Many Americans now have heard 
the story of a young Kosovar girl trying to stay in touch with a friend 
in America by E-mail as a Serb attack began in her own village. Just a 
few days ago she wrote, ``At the moment, just from my balcony, I can see 
people running with suitcases, and I can hear some gunshots. A village 
just a few hundred meters from my house is all surrounded. As long as I 
have electricity, I will continue writing to you. I'm trying to keep 
myself as calm as possible. My younger brother, who is 9, is sleeping 
now. I wish I will not have to stop his dreams.''
    We asked these people of Kosovo to accept peace, and they did. We 
promised them we would stick by them if they did the right thing, and 
they did. We cannot let them down now.
    Americans have learned the hard way that our home is not that far 
from Europe. Through two World Wars and a long cold war we saw that it 
was a short step from a small brushfire to an inferno, especially in the 
tinderbox of the Balkans. The time to put out a fire is before it 
spreads and burns down the neighborhood. By acting now, we're taking a 
strong step toward a goal that has always been in our national interest: 
a peaceful, united, democratic Europe. For America there is no greater 
calling than being a peacemaker. But sometimes you have to fight in 
order to end the fighting.
    Let me end now by repeating how proud all Americans are of the men 
and women in uniform risking their lives to protect peace in the 
Balkans. Our prayers are with them. And our prayers are with all the 
people of the Balkans searching for the strength to put

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centuries of divisions to rest and to join Europe and North America in 
building a better future together.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 5:44 p.m. on March 26 in the Oval 
Office at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on March 27. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
March 26 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast.

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Statement on the Rescue of a United States Pilot in Serbia

March 27, 1999

    I am pleased with the news that our pilot has been rescued 
successfully. I am tremendously proud of the skill and bravery of the 
pilot and of the courageous individuals who participated in the 
    As I have said from the outset, this military operation entails real 
risk. However, the continued brutality and repression of the Serb forces 
further underscores the necessity for NATO forces to persevere.
    Our NATO operations will go forward as planned. I strongly support 
the decision of Secretary General Solana to move to a new phase of the 
air campaign, which will include a wider range of targets, including 
forces in the field.

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Week Ending Friday, April 2, 1999
Statement on the Death of Michael Aris

March 27, 1999

    The First Lady and I were saddened to learn of the death of Dr. 
Michael Aris, a scholar of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at Oxford 

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