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Monday, January 10, 2000
 
Volume 36--Number 1
Pages 1-25
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

Presidential

Documents



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Christmas II: Holy Eucharist Services--10
    George Washington Carver National Recognition Day, videotaped 
        remarks--18
    Legislative agenda--16
    Millennium festivities
        ``America's Millennium'' celebration--2, 7
        ``Millennium Around the World'' celebration--3
        Millennium celebration, creators dinner--6
    National Plan for Information System Protection--23
    New York, departure for Chappaqua--16
    Radio address--9
    Russia, resignation of President Yeltsin--1
    West Virginia, departure for Shepherdstown--23

Appointments and Nominations

    Federal Reserve Board, Chairman, remarks--13

Communications to Congress

    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--13
    Libya, letter transmitting report on national emergency--13
    National Security Strategy, letter transmitting report--20
    Peacekeeping, letter transmitting report--12

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Delegation of authority for reporting functions on technology 
        transfer, memorandums--19, 20

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Chappaqua, NY--20
        Oval Office--13
        South Grounds--1, 16
        South Lawn--23

Letters and Messages

    Id al-Fitr, message--22

Notices

    Continuation of Libyan Emergency--12

Statements by the President

    Deaths
        Elliot Richardson--6
        Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr.--11
    Russia, resignation of President Yeltsin--2

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--25
    Checklist of White House press releases--25
    Digest of other White House announcements--24
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--25
  

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Monday, January 10, 2000
 
Volume 36--Number 1
Pages 1-25
 
Week Ending Friday, January 7, 2000
 
Remarks on Departure for Millennium Ceremonies and an Exchange With 
Reporters


December 31, 1999

Resignation of President Boris Yeltsin of Russia

    The President. Good morning. Not long ago, I had about a 20-minute 
phone conversation with President Boris Yeltsin, who today ends his 
historic tenure as Russia's democratically elected President. Under his 
leadership, since 1991, the Russian people have faced the unprecedented 
challenge of building a new democracy and a new life after decades of 
corrosive Communist rule. His lasting achievement has been dismantling 
the Communist system and creating a vital democratic process within a 
constitutional framework. The fact that Prime Minister Putin assumes 
responsibility today as Acting President, in accordance with the 
Constitution, is the latest example of President Yeltsin's achievement.
    The relationship between the United States and Russia under 
President Yeltsin has produced genuine progress for both our people. 
Five thousand strategic nuclear weapons have been dismantled. Our 
nuclear weapons are no longer targeted at each other. We have worked 
together to eliminate nuclear weapons from the other states of the 
former Soviet Union. Russia has withdrawn its troops from the Baltic 
nations, and now its troops are serving alongside Americans to maintain 
peace in the Balkans. In fact, Russia was instrumental in achieving the 
peace agreement in Kosovo.
    Of course, we have also had our differences, but the starting point 
for our relationship has always been how Russia and America can work 
together to advance our common interests. In that spirit, I look forward 
to working with Acting President Putin, as the Russian people begin the 
process of making the transition from one democratically elected 
President to another.
    To President Yeltsin, let me convey my appreciation again for the 
work we have done together. Hillary and I extend our warmest wishes to 
him, Naina, and their family.
    Thank you very much.
    Q.  Mr. President, are you going to Moscow in February, at the 
invitation of the Prime Minister, Acting President?
    The President. I have made no plans to do that yet.
    Q.  Mr. President, can you share some of your personal recollections 
of Boris Yeltsin? You seemed to have a warm personal relationship with 
him. What did you admire? What are your thoughts about him as a person 
now?
    The President. Well, I liked him because he was always very 
forthright with me. He always did exactly what he said he would do, and 
he was willing to take chances to try to improve our relationship, to 
try to improve democracy in Russia. He took the Russian troops out of 
the Balkans. He recently agreed to take them out of Moldova and Georgia. 
We got rid of all those nuclear weapons in the other states of the 
former Soviet Union. We got rid of thousands of nuclear weapons. He's 
committed to START II, and I hope it will be ratified by the Russian 
Duma so we can quickly move to START III and reduce our nuclear arsenals 
even further.
    I liked him because I think he genuinely deplored communism. He 
lived with it; he saw it; and he believed that democracy was the best 
system. I think it was in every fiber of his being. And we had our 
arguments; we had our fights; we had our genuine disagreement about our 
national interests from time to time. But I think that the Russian 
people are well-served to have a leader who honestly believed that their 
votes ought to determine who was running the show in Russia and what the 
future direction of the country should be.

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    I have to go. I'm sorry.
    Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 11 a.m. on the South Grounds at the White 
House. In his remarks, he referred to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who 
became Acting President on President Yeltsin's resignation; and Mr. 
Yeltsin's wife, Naina. This item was not received in time for 
publication in the appropriate issue.


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Monday, January 10, 2000
 
Volume 36--Number 1
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Week Ending Friday, January 7, 2000
 
Statement on the Resignation of President Boris Yeltsin of Russia

December 31, 1999

    Today President Yeltsin ends his historic tenure as Russia's first 
democratically elected President.
    Under his leadership since 1991, the Russian people have faced the 
unprecedented challenge of creating new institutions and building a new 
life after decades of corrosive Communist rule. His lasting achievement 
has been dismantling that Communist system and building new political 
institutions under democratically elected leaders within a 
constitutional framework. The fact that Prime Minister Putin assumes 
responsibility today as acting President in accordance with the 
constitution is but the latest example of this achievement.
    The relationship between the United States and Russia under 
President Yeltsin has produced genuine progress for both our people. 
Five thousand strategic nuclear weapons have been dismantled, and our 
nuclear weapons no longer are targeted at each other. We have worked 
together to eliminate nuclear weapons from the other states of the 
former Soviet Union. Russia has withdrawn its troops from the Baltic 
nations. Now its troops are serving alongside Americans to maintain the 
peace in the Balkans, and Russia was instrumental in achieving peace in 
Kosovo. We have also had our differences, such as on Chechnya. But 
President Yeltsin, and my starting point, has always been how Russia and 
America can work together to advance our common interests. In this 
spirit, I look forward to working with Acting President Putin as the 
Russian people begin the process of making the transition from one 
democratically elected President to another.
    To President Yeltsin, let me convey my appreciation for the work we 
have done together. Hillary and I extend our warmest wishes to you and 
your family.

Note: In his statement, the President referred to Prime Minister 
Vladimir Putin, who became Acting President on President Yeltsin's 
resignation. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.


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Monday, January 10, 2000
 
Volume 36--Number 1
Pages 1-25
 
Week Ending Friday, January 7, 2000
 
Remarks at Opening Ceremonies of the ``America's Millennium'' 
Celebration

December 31, 1999

    Thank you very much. Thank you, good morning, Happy New Year. Thank 
you, Senator Daschle, to other Members of the Congress who are here. 
Thank you, Mayor Williams, for your kind comments to Hillary and to me 
and your outstanding leadership in this city. Thank you, Robert Pinsky, 
for being here today, and for opening the ears and eyes and hearts of so 
many young children to the wonders of poetry. Thank you, Dean Baxter. I 
want to thank the Children's Choir and the Military Band--they were 

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