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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, April 5, 1999 Volume 35--Number 13 Pages 531-577 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Camp David, MD, departure for--532 Electronic Industries Alliance, dinner--539 Former Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher, portrait unveiling--533 Kosovo NATO airstrikes--532 Refugees--571 National economy--571 Radio address--531 Social Security and Medicare trustees, report--535 Virginia Military community at Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk--564 U.S. troops at Aviano Air Base, telephone remarks from Norfolk-- 563 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 report--538 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 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Proclamations 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 Deaths 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 [[Page 531]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 531-532] Monday, April 5, 1999 Volume 35--Number 13 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 [[Page 532]] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 532] Monday, April 5, 1999 Volume 35--Number 13 Pages 531-577 Week Ending Friday, April 2, 1999 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 recovery. 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 532] Monday, April 5, 1999 Volume 35--Number 13 Pages 531-577 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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