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of the vision, dedication, and courage of regional nations and their 
leaders. It is a crucial step in ending one of the continent's most 
dangerous wars. The same courage and commitment are now required to see 
the accord fully implemented.
    The continuing effort to build an enduring peace deserves America's 
support. We will work closely with all parties to realize the goals of 
the Lusaka accord: to achieve a broadbased, democratic, and open 
political process in the Congo and to address the security concerns of 
neighboring states. I hope the agreement will help end the cycle of 
violence in the region and promote stability and reconstruction across 
central Africa.

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Monday, September 6, 1999
Volume 35--Number 35
Pages 1669-1687
Week Ending Friday, September 3, 1999
Statement on the Release of the ``Futurework'' Report

September 1, 1999

    The ``Futurework'' report, released today by the Department of 
Labor, underscores the need for an even stronger commitment to education 
and training to help workers thrive in an economy that is changing 
faster than ever before. Now, more than ever, American workers must 
learn the new skills needed to face the challenges of the 21st century 
    The Republican tax proposal, because it would force cuts in 
education and worker training of roughly 50 percent in 2009, would deny 
millions of Americans the chance to gain these skills. Now is not the 
time to shortchange the future opportunities of American workers by 
enacting an irresponsible tax plan that fails to allow adequate 
investment in education and training.

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Volume 35--Number 35
Pages 1669-1687
Week Ending Friday, September 3, 1999
Radio Remarks on Drunk Driving

September 2, 1999

    Working together, we've made enormous progress in reducing drunk 
driving in America. Today I'm pleased to report we're making even more. 
Last year the number of people killed in alcohol-related crashes hit a 
record low, and young people killed in alcohol-related crashes fell to 
the lowest rate ever

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recorded. But even one child killed because of drunk driving is one too 
    Today I'm pleased to announce the Departments of Transportation and 
Justice will release a total of over $47 million in grants to help 
communities combat drunk driving and underage drinking and increases 
seatbelt use. Ultimately, of course, all of us must take responsibility. 
So if you choose to drink, always designate a driver and always wear 
your seatbelt. Let's make this the safest Labor Day weekend ever.

Note: The President's remarks were recorded at approximately 10:40 a.m. 
on August 28 at the Edgartown Elementary School in Martha's Vineyard, 
MA, for later broadcast. The transcript was released by the Office of 
the Press Secretary on September 2. These remarks were also made 
available on the White House Press Office Radio Actuality Line.

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Monday, September 6, 1999
Volume 35--Number 35
Pages 1669-1687
Week Ending Friday, September 3, 1999
Remarks at a Reception Honoring the First Lady in Cazenovia, New York

September 2, 1999

    I would like to thank the Greens for making us all feel so welcome, 
and I would like to thank you for--[applause]. I have been overwhelmed 
by the kindness and the hospitality of the people these last few days 
and by the sheer beauty of this place, everywhere we've been, and I want 
to thank you all for sharing that with us.
    I'd also like to thank the people of New York and the people of this 
area for your many kindnesses to me and to Al Gore and to our families 
and our administration, including the electoral votes of New York in two 
Presidential elections.
    I want to just make a couple of points. First of all, in terms of 
where our country is today, we are in a good place because we have tried 
to make decisions for 6\1/2\ years to think about what is best for 
America, for all Americans and for the future and not just for the 
moment, for those that may have the most influence. And it's worked 
pretty well.
    In this historic part of our Nation, I think it is fair to say that 
if you read the history of America closely, as I have tried to do, the 
continuing mission of this country is to always be working to widen the 
circle of opportunity, to deepen the meaning of freedom, and to 
strengthen the bonds of our community. This is more and more important 
as we grow more diverse and as we get more involved with the rest of the 
    Now, if you look at what has happened in the last 6\1/2\ years, I 
don't think it's a subject of much debate anymore. And I am very 
grateful for the efforts that I have been able to make with so many 
others to improve the economy and lower the crime rate and lower the 
welfare rolls and strengthen the role of America in the world.
    But the mission of the country is never open. And Hillary just 
mentioned a few things. One of the things that I think about all the 
time is that not every community and not every section of our country 
has participated fully in this astonishing economic recovery, and that 
bothers me. It bothers me that not every child in this country is 
getting a world-class education. It bothers me that there are people in 
Washington who really don't want to use this truly historic opportunity 
to extend the life of the Social Security Trust Fund out beyond the life 
expectancy of those of us in the baby boom. Any of you here who are baby 
boomers, like me, I'm sure you share my concern. I am determined that, 
when we retire, our children will not have to support us at the expense 
of our grandchildren. That's what Social Security is--[applause].
    And in a global economy, believe me, if we were to pay off the debt 
of this country in 15 years, for the first time since Andy Jackson was 
President, then the children in this audience would be the economic 
beneficiaries. We would have a generation of lower interest rates and 
higher growth and stronger economies in every place in America.
    And that brings me back to why you all came here. [Laughter] When I 
met Hillary in law school, I was really afraid for her to go home to 
Arkansas with me, because I was afraid she would be wasting what I think 
is one of the greatest talents of public service I've every known in my 
life. It turned out it hasn't been a waste; she's learned pretty well. 

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    But when you hear her talking about all these issues, I think it's 
important to note that she's not only had 30 years of experience as a 
child advocate, which puts her in a position to know more about 
education and family policy than virtually anybody who could run for the 
Senate, we worked together when I was Governor for a dozen years, which 
is why she understands all these economic development issues and the 
things that you talked about, about the economy.
    And then for the last 6\1/2\ years in the White House, she has been 
not only an advocate for health care reform and for our children, but 
she's literally gone all across the world looking for ways that people 
can come together instead of be driven apart by all the things that seem 
to be doing so much to divide people, both in the United States and 
around the world.
    I know I'm heavily biased--[laughter]--but I also have more 
experience than most people do in this area. [Laughter] I have known 
thousands and thousands of people in public service; I've never known 
anybody with the same combination of ability, experience, compassion, 
and unrelenting dedication as my wife, and I thank you for being here.

Note: The President spoke at 5:05 p.m at a private residence. In his 
remarks, he referred to dinner hosts Edward and Joan Green. A tape was 
not available for verification of the content of these remarks.

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Monday, September 6, 1999
Volume 35--Number 35
Pages 1669-1687
Week Ending Friday, September 3, 1999
Proclamation 7219--Contiguous Zone of the United States

September 2, 1999

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    International law recognizes that coastal nations may establish 
zones contiguous to their territorial seas, known as contiguous zones.
    The contiguous zone of the United States is a zone contiguous to the 
territorial sea of the United States, in which the United States may 
exercise the control necessary to prevent infringement of its customs, 
fiscal, immigration, or sanitary laws and regulations within its 
territory or territorial sea, and to punish infringement of the above 
laws and regulations committed within its territory or territorial sea.
    Extension of the contiguous zone of the United States to the limits 
permitted by international law will advance the law enforcement and 
public health interests of the United States. Moreover, this extension 
is an important step in preventing the removal of cultural heritage 
found within 24 nautical miles of the baseline.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, by the authority vested in me 
as President by the Constitution of the United States, and in accordance 
with international law, do hereby proclaim the extension of the 
contiguous zone of the United States of America, including the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States 
Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and 
any other territory or possession over which the United States exercises 
sovereignty, as follows:
    The contiguous zone of the United States extends to 24 nautical 
miles from the baselines of the United States determined in accordance 
with international law, but in no case within the territorial sea of 
another nation.
    In accordance with international law, reflected in the applicable 
provisions of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea, within the 
contiguous zone of the United States the ships and aircraft of all 
countries enjoy the high seas freedoms of navigation and overflight and 
the laying of submarine cables and pipelines, and other internationally 
lawful uses of the sea related to those freedoms, such as those 
associated with the operation of ships, aircraft, and submarine cables 
and pipelines, and compatible with the other provisions of international 
law reflected in the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea.
    Nothing in this proclamation:
(a)         amends existing Federal or State law;
(b)         amends or otherwise alters the rights and duties of the 
            United States or

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            other nations in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United 
            States established by Proclamation 5030 of March 10, 1983; 
(c)         impairs the determination, in accordance with international 
            law, of any maritime boundary of the United States with a 
            foreign jurisdiction.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of 
September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-nine, and 
of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and 
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., September 7, 

Note: This proclamation will be published in the Federal Register on 
September 8.

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Pages 1669-1687
Week Ending Friday, September 3, 1999
Remarks at a Reception Honoring the First Lady in Syracuse, New York

September 2, 1999

    The President. Well, all I can say is this has been a very 
interesting night. Duke and Terry threw a party in an Irish bar and the 
first thing I see when I walk in, besides all of your smiling faces, is 
a buffalo head. [Laughter] Now, I don't know what that means--
    Audience members. It doesn't mean anything. [Laughter]
    The President. It could be a piece of New York's trivia. The buffalo 
in America was saved by Theodore Roosevelt. We had 20 million buffalo 
head in America in the mid-1800's. When he became President, it was down 
to 12 known head, and he brought them back. Or it could be just another 
metaphor for all the speeches about Syracuse that I've heard from Terry. 
[Laughter] Or it could be a symbol of the golf game we had a couple days 
    You know, people are asking me how I'm reacting to this whole deal. 
I love it. And I'm trying to think--all the time people are coming up to 
me and saying, what are you going to do when you leave office? And you 

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