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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, July 8, 1996 Volume 32--Number 27 Pages 1151-1199 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Church burnings, emergency action--1165 Florida, memorial services for American servicemen killed in Saudi Arabia Eglin Air Force Base--1161 Patrick Air Force Base--1162 Illinois Chicago '96 dinner--1180 National Council of Senior Citizens, convention in Chicago--1166 Representative Dick Durbin, reception in Chicago--1174 Maryland, Independence Day ceremony at Patuxent River Naval Air Station--1190 National Education Association--1183 Ohio, Independence Day celebration in Youngstown--1192 Radio address--1151 Unemployment figures--1195 Bill Signings Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996, statement--1189 Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, statement--1197 Communications to Congress Drought in Southern Plains States, letter--1164 Communications to Federal Agencies Western power outage, memorandum--1189 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Briefing Room--1195 News conference in Lyons, France, June 29 (No. 126)--1152 Letters and Messages Independence Day, message--1174 Proclamations A National Month of Unity--1164 Declaration of a State of Emergency and Release of Feed Grain From the Disaster Reserve--1163 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Blue Ribbon Commission on the Missing in the Former Yugoslavia--1159 Bosnia U.S. demining initiative--1159 Women's initiative fund--1160 Russian election results--1189, 1195 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1199 Checklist of White House press releases--1198 Digest of other White House announcements--1197 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1198 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. 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[[Page 1151]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1151-1152] Monday, July 8, 1996 Volume 32--Number 27 Pages 1151-1199 Week Ending Friday, July 5, 1996 The President's Radio Address June 29, 1996 Good morning. I'm speaking to you today from Lyons, France, where the leaders of the world's industrialized democracies have gathered for our annual summit. We're meeting at a time of peace and prosperity but in the shadow of terrorism. The cowardly, brutal attack on American military personnel in Saudi Arabia is on everyone's mind. This weekend, all Americans will join me in mourning the 19 Americans who lost their lives, in sending prayers to their loved ones. I've made it clear that I'll do everything in my power to discover who's responsible, to pursue them, and to punish them. I am pleased that our summit partners here agreed with me to direct our agenda to the work we can do together to fight terrorism and international crime. This is especially important now. While the international perils of the 20th century, fascism and communism, have been defeated, new dangers are rising up to take their place as we enter the 21st. New technologies and the rapid movement of information, money, and people across borders bring us closer together and enrich our lives. But they also make us all more vulnerable to rogue states, crime, drugs, and terrorism. Unlike the previous great struggles of this century, we must confront these threats along a moving front, from the Tokyo subway to the streets of London, from a bus in Paris to the World Trade Center in New York and the heartland in Oklahoma City and, of course, in Saudi Arabia. But just as no enemy could drive us from the fight to meet our challenges and protect our values during World War II and the cold war, we will not be driven from the frontiers of our fight against terrorism today. Working with our partners around the world, we will take on the forces of terror. As a result of United States leadership, here in Lyons we have adopted specific recommendations to combat crime and terrorism, practical steps that all governments can take and should take. They fall into four key areas. First, we need to make sure that criminals and terrorists have nowhere to hide. So we will strengthen our efforts to prosecute and extradite major criminals and terrorists, to share information, and to develop joint witness protection programs. Second, we must deny criminals and terrorists the resources they need to do violence to our citizens. So we will work to seize their assets, to gather more information on their financial transactions, and to shut down money laundering. Third, we have to strengthen the defense of our national borders so that criminals and terrorists cannot violate them. So we will crack down on weapons trafficking, alien smuggling. We'll do a better job in safeguarding travel documents from fraud and abuse. And we will track forged or stolen documents together. Finally, we must stop criminals and terrorists from misusing the high-tech communications we all rely on for commerce and cooperation, so we will take the fight to those who would abuse government and financial institutional data bases. There's more we can do together, so we directed our senior officials to come together as soon as possible to discuss additional steps to intensify the worldwide fight against terrorism. All these steps against terrorism, international crime, drug trafficking, and the spread of weapons of mass destruction are part of a campaign America has been leading for 3 years now. Without our leadership, the job will not get done. The good news is, the United States at this G-7 summit is in the best position we've been in for years to protect the physical security of our people, in part because of our [[Page 1152]] strong leadership toward a more stable and prosperous economic future for ourselves and our allies. When I attended my first G-7 in Tokyo 3 years ago, the United States was not in a strong position to lead. Our partners said instead of telling us what to do, you should get your own house in order. Well, they were right. When I took office, our budget deficit was at an all- time high. Unemployment was more than 7 percent. We had the slowest job growth since the Great Depression. And we were being outcompeted in everything from automobiles to computer chips. But America has traveled a great distance from Tokyo in 1993. Here in Lyons in 1996, I was gratified to hear our partners praise the strength of our economy. We cut the budget deficit in half and proposed a plan to balance the budget. Lower interest rates have helped us to slash unemployment to 5.6 percent and create 9.7 million new jobs. Inflation is near a 30-year low. Interest rates have stayed down. Business investment is up nearly 30 percent. And America is the number one exporter and the most competitive nation on Earth. We stand on the brink of a new century and an age of great possibility. To realize its potential, we must face the threats to our generation, just as previous generations faced the threats to theirs. If we show strength and steadiness and judgment and flexibility in the face of change, if America continues to lead the world and to work with others as we have here in Lyons, we will meet our challenges and protect our values. And we will enter the 21st century prosperous and secure with the greatest opportunity of any time in our history. Thanks for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 3 p.m. on June 28 in the Cite Internationale in Lyons, France, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on June 29. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1152-1159] Monday, July 8, 1996 Volume 32--Number 27 Pages 1151-1199 Week Ending Friday, July 5, 1996 The President's News Conference in Lyons, France June 29, 1996 The President. It's really beautiful, isn't it? Please sit down. Well, the weather has certainly cooperated for our summit. Ladies and gentlemen, this summit made real progress in the three areas that we came here to address: the fight against terrorism and crime, strengthening the peace in Bosnia, and advancing our common agenda for economic growth. I thank the leaders for sharing our outrage at the cowardly attack in Saudi Arabia and for agreeing to intensify the fight against terrorism. We resolved to take a range of concrete steps that will extend the efforts we are making at home. These steps will help us to achieve four key objectives. First, terrorists and criminals must have nowhere to hide. For example, we must cooperate to speed up extradition and prosecution of those who practice terror and then leave the country in which they commit their acts. Second, we must dry up the resources terrorists use to fund their violence. Third, we must do a better job of defending our national borders to keep the terrorists, the criminals, and the illegal weapons out. And finally, we must stop terrorists from misusing the high-tech communications that we all rely on for commerce and cooperation. Even more can be done. That's why we directed our senior officials to meet as soon as possible to recommend additional measures. As to the bombing in Dhahran, we will do everything in our power to discover who was responsible, to pursue them, and to punish them. We must also make sure we have taken all reasonable steps to protect our own people. To that end, I am announcing today that General Wayne Downing, former Commander in Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command, will lead a full assessment of the facts surrounding the bomb attack in Dhahran. General Downing will also evaluate all policies and measures at other facilities in the entire Central Command which includes the Persian Gulf and Middle East regions. He will recommend any further steps necessary to prevent similar attacks. And he will submit his report to the Secretary of Defense within 45 days. But let me be clear. Just as no enemy could drive us from the field in World War II and the cold war, we will not be driven from the frontiers of our fight against terrorism today. [[Page 1153]] We devoted a good deal of time to our work on Bosnia. We shouldn't forget that since our last meeting in Halifax, we've helped achieve something many thought was impossible: Bosnia has moved from the horror of war into the hope of peace. Here we laid the groundwork for more progress in the next 6 months. We committed ourselves to full support for the elections in September and accelerating the civilian reconstruction that is now underway. Even
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