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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, December 11, 1995 Volume 31--Number 49 Pages 2103-2151 Contents Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page i]] [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Vetoes; Meetings With Foreign Leaders Angolan peace process--2148 Bosnia--2145 Budget--2145 Committee for American Leadership in Bosnia--2131 Germany, troops in Baumholder--2110 Human rights proclamation, signing ceremony--2124 Ireland, dinner in Dublin--2108 Kennedy Center Honors reception--2123 Medicaid--2147 National Christmas Tree lighting--2143 Radio address--2115 White House Conference on HIV and AIDS--2132 Bill Vetoes Budget reconciliation legislation Message--2140 Remarks--2139 Communications to Congress See also Bill Vetoes Administration of export controls, message transmitting Executive order--2130 Bosnia, letter reporting--2144 Retirement plans, letter on proposed legislation--2146 Executive Orders Administration of export controls--2127 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Cabinet Room--2131, 2147 Baumholder, Germany--2113 Dublin, Ireland--2103 Old Executive Office Building--2145 Oval Office--2139, 2148 Interview with Joe Garvey of the Armed Forces Network in Baumholder, Germany--2116 News conferences December 1 (No. 108) with Prime Minister Bruton of Ireland in Dublin--2105 December 3 (No. 109) with European leaders in Madrid, Spain-- 2118 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Angola, President dos Santos--2148 Germany, Chancellor Kohl--2113 Ireland President Robinson--2103 Prime Minister Bruton--2103, 2105, 2108 European Union leaders--2118 Proclamations Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 1995-- 2126 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day--2142 Statements by the President Death of Gen. Maxwell R. Thurman--2117 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2151 Checklist of White House press releases--2151 Digest of other White House announcements--2149 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2150 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. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 2103]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2103] Monday, December 11, 1995 Volume 31--Number 49 Pages 2103-2151 Week Ending Friday, December 8, 1995 Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With President Mary Robinson of Ireland in Dublin December 1, 1995 President's Visit Q. Mr. President, how did you like the reception when you came in? The President. I liked it very well. I was delighted to see the people in the streets and delighted to be with President Robinson again. Q. What's on the agenda for the discussions this morning? The President. More of the same. [Laughter] Bosnia Q. How do you like Senator Dole's support of Bosnia? The President. I'm very gratified by it. I appreciate it very much. Note: The exchange began at 11:07 a.m. at Aras an Uachtarain, the President's residence. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this exchange. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2103-2105] Monday, December 11, 1995 Volume 31--Number 49 Pages 2103-2151 Week Ending Friday, December 8, 1995 Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister John Bruton of Ireland in Dublin December 1, 1995 President's Visit Q. Welcome to Ireland. The President. Thank you. I'm delighted to be here. Q. Did you enjoy your trips to Belfast and Derry yesterday? The President. Very, very much. Irish Peace Process Q. How significant do you think it's going to be for the peace process, your visit to Belfast yesterday? Both of you, would you answer briefly? The President. Well, I hope it will be very significant, but I think, frankly, it will have more meaning because of what the Taoiseach and Prime Minister Major did in launching the twin-track proposal. They gave me something to talk about, to try to advance the peace process, as well as to hold out the hope that the United States would obviously support both communities in Northern Ireland if they would work toward peace. It was a magnificent day, and it proved to me once again that people sometimes are far ahead of those of us in political life in their yearnings for the right things. Q. Taoiseach, what do you think of yesterday? Prime Minister Bruton. I think that the fact that the President came to Belfast and to Derry gave to the people of Northern Ireland who made the peace themselves that sense of international encouragement and support that is so important. They now see what they have won by making peace. So the recognition that came to those people from the most powerful, most significant politician in the world--if he came in their midst, that showed in the most tangible way possible an appreciation of the dividend of peace. And it was a great tribute for the President to pay. And I would have to say I think also that the President has played a key role in bringing peace about, and he is now playing an equally important role in entrenching the peace and bringing reconciliation closer. Q. Mr. President, do you believe that your visit and indeed all- party talks can begin by the February deadline? Would you be very anxious that those talks would begin? The President. Well, of course, I hope that the process will succeed. I support it strongly. The Taoiseach and the Prime Minister took some risks, both of them did, to try to keep the peace process going. It is [[Page 2104]] plainly in the interest of the citizens of Northern Ireland and of all those who wish them well here in Ireland and, frankly, throughout Great Britain and throughout the world. It's a very important thing. So of course, I hope it will work, and I'm going to do everything I can to be supportive. [At this point, one group of reporters left the room, and another group entered.] Bosnia Q. Will you be talking about Bosnia today, Mr. President? The President. I expect we will, yes. Q. What are some of the issues that you want to discuss about Bosnia? The President. Well, I just want to basically give the Prime Minister an update on where we are now. And of course, I'm going, when I leave here, to see our troops in Germany who are preparing and then, on Sunday, to the European Union. And soon I expect Ireland will be in the leadership of the European Union at a time when we will be, obviously, just in the throes of implementing what we're supposed to do in Bosnia. So we have a lot to talk about. Q. Are you optimistic about what you saw on Capitol Hill yesterday and what you know of how it went with your advisers testifying? The President. Yes, I--first of all, I thank Senator Dole and Senator McCain for their willingness to support that resolution, which we certainly agree with. And I'm very--I'm gratified by their response. And I also am pleased that we're having all these hearings on Capitol Hill and that the witnesses are going up; they're giving the best answers they can about what we've done. And I'm looking forward to getting my briefing tomorrow from General Joulwan to see what the NATO planners finally do with the military plan that I authorized General Shalikashvili to support. So I think right now we're moving toward implementation of the peace agreement. I feel good about it. Q. [Inaudible]--to generate support in the House as well as the Senate? The President. Well, I take it one step at a time. I think we're making progress. I think we're in better shape as days go by, and I think that the decision by Senator Dole and Senator McCain will help immeasurably, I think, to build the kind of bipartisan support that we need to make this an American effort. I can tell you this: As I have been in London and Ireland, I can see that, in addition to the overwhelming preoccupation we've all had with our efforts in Northern Ireland, the ability of the United States to play a leading role in partnership with Europe in dealing with the world's problems in the years ahead is certainly heavily dependent upon our doing our part here in Bosnia, especially after we hosted and did so much to broker the peace. Irish Peace Process Q. When you talked to the leaders last night in Belfast, were you encouraged? Was there anything that you told them to hold back their old grudges or--do you have hopes for the future? The President. Let me just say, yes, I was encouraged because I think that Mr. Bruton and Mr. Major came up with a brilliant formulation which enables them to continue to have dialog with one another without giving up their position--it seems to me that is the genius of that--and then asking Senator Mitchell, along with two other very distinguished people, to be on this arms decommissioning work, so that it can succeed in parallel. I think it was great foreign relations. Obviously, none of the people with whom I spoke yesterday changed their positions in their brief meetings with me. The point I tried to make to them was that the two Prime Ministers had given them an honorable way to continue to engage in peace talks without giving up any
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