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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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1682] 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 economy. 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1682-1683] Monday, September 6, 1999 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 [[Page 1683]] recorded. But even one child killed because of drunk driving is one too many. 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1683-1684] 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 world. 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. [Laughter] [[Page 1684]] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1684-1685] 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 [[Page 1685]] other nations in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States established by Proclamation 5030 of March 10, 1983; or (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 twenty-fourth. William J. Clinton [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., September 7, 1999] Note: This proclamation will be published in the Federal Register on September 8. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1685-1686] 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 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-- [laughter]---- 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 ago. 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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