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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 569] Monday, April 13, 1998 Volume 34--Number 15 [[Page 569]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 569-571] Monday, April 13, 1998 Pages 569-633 Contents [[Page 570]] Addresses and Remarks Andrew W. Mellon Dinner--611 Assault weapons ban--582 Illinois Democratic Business Council dinner in Chicago--600 Rachel Carson School in Chicago--607 Kentucky Carroll County High School in Carrollton--619 Roundtable discussion on tobacco in Carrollton--612 Major League Soccer champion D.C. United--583 Missouri, National Forum on Social Security in Kansas City Panel discussion--592 Remarks--585 Teleconference remarks to regional forums--588 NCAA football champion Michigan Wolverines and Nebraska Cornhuskers--623 Northern Ireland peace process--628 Radio address--574 Senator Barbara Mikulski, reception honoring--626 Senegal, roundtable discussion with human rights activists in Dakar--569 Communications to Congress Iraq, letter reporting--576 Lapse of the Export Administration Act of 1979, letter transmitting report--585 Vietnam, letter on most-favored-nation status--599 Communications to Federal Agencies Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, memorandum--574 Executive Orders American Heritage Rivers Initiative Advisory Committee--606 Waiver Under the Trade Act of 1974 With Respect to Vietnam--599 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oval Office--628 Rose Garden--583 Letters and Messages Easter, message--625 Fair Housing Act, 30th anniversary, message--630 Passover, message--600 Pilgrimage to Memphis Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., message--575 Proclamations Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.--599 National D.A.R.E. Day--626 National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day--625 Pan American Day and Pan American Week--631 Resignations and Retirements Energy Department, Secretary Federico Pena, statement--584 Interior Department, Deputy Secretary John Garamendi, statement--624 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http:// www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. [[Page 571]] Contents--Continued Statements by the President See also Resignations and Retirements Breast cancer prevention trial--585 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, British and French ratification--585 Death of Tammy Wynette--598 U.S.-France civil aviation agreement--611 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--633 Checklist of White House press releases--633 Digest of other White House announcements--632 Nominations submitted to the Senate--633 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 569]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 569-574] Monday, April 13, 1998 Pages 569-633 Week Ending Friday, April 10, 1998 Remarks in a Roundtable Discussion With Human Rights Activists in Dakar, Senegal April 2, 1998 The President. First let me say how delighted that I am to have such a distinguished group to discuss human rights and democracy in Africa. I thank our panelists for being here, and also let me thank all of those who are here in the audience who have worked on this cause across the continent in your various countries and, in at least one instance, in your particular village. I think it is clear that there has been some significant progress in Africa in the decade of the nineties. The number of governments that were elected by their people have gone from 5 to 24. But we have to be clear: There is still a huge human rights challenge, a huge democracy challenge in Africa. We believe that human rights are universal. That's what the international Declaration of Human Rights says. That's why the United States has worked hard to support democracy and human rights in Africa. Since 1989, we have worked in 46 different African nations. We have invested more than $400 million of our taxpayers' money to support elections, to reform judiciaries, to strengthen the participation of citizens in decisionmaking that affects our own lives. That support will continue. I have seen many heartening signs. And I want to say a special word of appreciation to the First Lady for the work she's done on these issues, especially beginning at the Beijing women's conference and the work that began here in Senegal last year on the issue of female genital mutilation, which I know she had a meeting about this morning. Would you like to say anything before we begin? [Hillary Clinton welcomed the guests and recognized a group of villagers from Malicounda Bambara, praising their efforts to eliminate the ancient custom of female circumcision in Senegal.] The President. Now, let's begin. There are many issues that I hope we can have discussed today, and they may be covered in the initial comments by our speakers. We want to talk about democracy and human rights. We want to talk about the threat of ethnic conflict to forming a unified democratic environment. We want to talk about the challenge of investigating past abuses and working for justice while promoting national unity and reconciliation, issues of freedom of the press, women's rights. There are a number of things that I hope we can deal with today. But again, I want all of you to feel free to say mostly what it is you want to say about where you are, what you're doing, and what you believe the United States can do to support your endeavors. Who would like to go first? Someone volunteer? Archbishop? [Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a' Nzeki, of Nairobi, Kenya, chairman, Kenya National Justice and Peace Commission, explained that while Kenya has made advancements in democracy and human rights, corruption among law enforcement and political leaders has led to increased violent crime. He stated that the people of Kenya need U.S. support to continue their struggle for reform.] The President. Thank you very much. [Samuel Kofi Woods, executive director, Justice and Peace Commission, National Catholic Secretariat, described the human rights situation in Liberia and urged the United States to support the establishment of institutions in Liberia that would safeguard the rights of its citizens and advance the cause of democracy. Reginald Matchaba Hove, chairman, Zimbabwe Human Rights Association, discussed the process of reconciliation [[Page 570]] following human rights abuses, stating that confession, acknowledgement of guilt, and forgiveness were necessary steps in a cathartic exercise helpful to both the abused and the abuser. He encouraged the U.S. Government to support local initiatives to ensure reconciliation and commended the President's visit, particularly to Goree Island, as an important gesture.] The President. Thank you, Doctor, very much. I don't want to interrupt the flow of the statements, but I would like to pose a question that we can return to perhaps after you all make your statements, if it's not convenient to address it as you go along. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa to which you referred obviously has made a great impression on people all across the world, and it has a great appeal. Yet, thinking about practically how you would do it in another country raises the question of whether it is possible if the leader of the country is not someone like Mr. Mandela. That is, he suffered so grievously himself, he is in a position to come forward and say, ``This is the procedure I advocate, and if it's okay with me, who are you to say it's not enough?'' So, on the one hand, since he was the oppressed, he can make sure-- to go back to something that Sam and the Archbishop said--he can make sure that the power of government is put at the service of the people who have been abused, something that others may not be able to do. And on the other hand, he can say to those who lost their loved ones or who were horribly scarred or maimed, ``I can forgive. You should, too.'' So there is a unique position there. If you sought to do something like that in other countries and we wanted to support it, as a practical matter, could it be done in a way that would either make the people who had been abused feel that they were at peace or, on the other hand, reach the consciousness of those who may be duly elected now but still may have done things for which they should atone? That, I think, is the problem we have all tried to come to terms with. Anyway, who would like to go next? Anyone? [Baudoin Hamuli of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), executive secretary, National Council of Development, Non-Governmental Organizations, described the positive changes that had occurred since President Laurent Kabila replaced former President Mobutu Sese Seko, but expressed concern that without a constitutionally based government, the opportunity still existed for abuse of power by the current President. He urged the United States to pressure President Kabila for more democratization and to support peace efforts in the Great Lakes area, poverty alleviation programs, and economic reconstruction.] The President. Let me just say very briefly about this, this is very helpful. Any hope we have, I think, of having a regional system for developing the Great Lakes region, and indeed to some extent a larger in Africa, rests on the successful emergence of the Congo as a functioning democratic society. And we have here leaders--Mr. Royce, the Chairman of the Africa Subcommittee in the Congress, and our Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, and Reverend Jackson, my Special Envoy for Africa-- we're all trying to figure out how we can best work with and influence Mr. Kabila, because, as you point out, I think one of their biggest handicaps is so many of them in the government were out of the Congo for so long. And then when they came in and started the struggle to replace Mobutu, I think it happened even more easily and more quickly than they thought it would.
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