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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
        Death of President Ronald Reagan in Paris--1032
        60th anniversary of D-day in Colleville-sur-Mer--1032
    Georgia, Multi-Agency Command Center at Saint Simon's Island--1039
    Radio address--1019

Communications to Congress

    Death of President Ronald Reagan, message--1039

Executive Orders

    Providing for the Closing of Government Departments and Agencies on 
        June 11, 2004--1035

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters at Sea Island, GA--1036, 1039
    News conferences
        June 5 with President Jacques Chirac of France in Paris--1027
        June 5 with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy in Rome--

Joint Statements

    G-8 Leaders' Statement on Trade--1041
    G-8 Statement: Gaza Withdrawal and the Road Ahead to Middle East 
    G-8 Statement on Sudan--1043

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Canada, Prime Minister Martin--1037
    France, President Chirac--1027, 1043
    Germany, Chancellor Schroeder--1037
    Iraq, President al-Yawr--1041
    Italy, Prime Minister Berlusconi--1020
    Japan, Prime Minister Koizumi--1036
    Russia, President Putin--1038
    United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--1039


    Announcing the Death of Ronald Reagan--1035
    D-Day National Remembrance Day--1026
    National Child's Day--1026

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1048
    Checklist of White House press releases--1046
    Digest of other White House announcements--1045
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1046

Editor's Note: In order to meet publication and distribution deadlines 
due to the closing of Government departments and agencies on June 11 as 
a mark of respect for President Ronald Reagan, the cutoff time for this 
issue has been advanced to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2004. Documents 
released after that time will appear in the next issue.

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Week Ending Friday, June 11, 2004
The President's Radio Address

June 5, 2004

    Good morning. This has been an important week for the future of 
Iraq, for the Middle East, and for America's security. On Tuesday in 
Baghdad, Iraq's new Prime Minister, Ayad al-Alawi, and United Nations 
Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi announced the members of Iraq's new 
interim government. Iraq's President is Sheikh Ghazi al-Yawr, an 
engineer from northern Iraq. There will also be two Deputy Presidents 
and a 33-member Cabinet.
    This interim government reflects new leadership drawn from a broad 
cross-section of Iraqis. The new government brings together men and 
women of varied backgrounds who represent Iraq's ethnic and religious 
diversity. Five were regional officials; six are women; and all are 
Iraqi patriots dedicated to building a brighter future for their 
    Naming this new government advances our five-step plan to help Iraq 
achieve democracy and freedom as a united and Federal nation. It brings 
us closer to realizing the hope of millions of Iraqis, a fully sovereign 
nation with a representative government to protect their rights and 
serve their interests. It brings us closer to seeing a Middle East that 
knows the blessings of liberty, and it brings us closer to defeating a 
ruthless enemy that has killed thousands of innocents and still 
threatens the peace of the world.
    This new government will follow the political process outlined in 
the transitional administrative law and prepare Iraq for a national 
election no later than January of next year. And while the enemy will 
continue to spread violence and fear, our coalition will work in full 
partnership with the new Iraqi government to provide the security that 
will make that election possible. In that election, the people of Iraq 
will choose a transitional national assembly, the first freely elected, 
truly representative national governing body in Iraq's history.
    Iraq is on the path to democracy and freedom, and the international 
community is helping Iraq complete the journey. We're working with 
allied Governments and with Iraq's new leaders on a new United Nations 
Security Council resolution that will express international support for 
Iraq's interim government, reaffirm the world's security commitment to 
the Iraqi people, and encourage other U.N. members to join in the effort 
of building a free Iraq.
    And this month, I am traveling to foreign capitals and international 
summits to discuss with world leaders our common responsibility to help 
a free Iraq succeed. Yesterday I was in Italy, where I met with the Holy 
Father. I also met with Prime Minister Berlusconi and joined in marking 
the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Rome. Today in France, I will 
meet with President Chirac, and on the 6th of June, I will join him in 
commemorating the D-day landings at Normandy. From France, I will go 
directly to this year's G-8 Summit in Sea Island, Georgia. This month, I 
will also attend the U.S.-EU Summit in Ireland and the NATO Summit in 
Turkey. These meetings provide an opportunity for world leaders to show 
our solidarity with the Iraqi people as they build a free and democratic 
    The challenges of our time extend beyond Iraq. The war on terror is 
being fought on many fronts, and since September the 11th, we have seen 
terrorist violence from Morocco to Indonesia. Yet the center of this 
conflict remains the Middle East. If that region is abandoned to 
dictators and terrorists, it will be a constant source of violence and 
alarm, exporting killers of increasing sophistication and destructive 
power. If that region grows in democracy, prosperity, and hope, the 
terrorist movement will lose its sponsors,

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lose its recruits, and lose the festering grievances that keep 
terrorists in business. It is our work to win this struggle.
    We're now about 3 years into the war against terrorism. We've met 
great challenges, and there are more ahead. This is no time for 
impatience or self-defeating pessimism. We have work to do in the 
defense of our country and for the good of humanity, and by doing our 
duty and holding firm to our values, this generation will give the world 
a lesson in the power of liberty.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 12:40 p.m. on June 4 at the U.S. 
Ambassador's Residence in Rome, Italy, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on 
June 5. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on June 4 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. 
In his remarks, the President referred to Lakhdar Brahimi, Special 
Adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General; Deputy Presidents Ibrahim al-
Jafari and Rowsch Shaways of the Iraqi interim government; Pope John 
Paul II; Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy; and President 
Jacques Chirac of France. The Office of the Press Secretary also 
released a Spanish language transcript of this address.

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Week Ending Friday, June 11, 2004
The President's News Conference With Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of 
Italy in Rome, Italy

June 5, 2004

    Prime Minister Berlusconi. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Villa 
Madama today, which has been around for more than 500 years. I'd like to 
very cordially and warmly welcome the President of the United States. I 
welcome him on my own behalf and on behalf of the Government and on 
behalf of the Italian people that have really welcomed the U.S. 
President very warmly because we remember what the people of the U.S. 
have done for us and for our freedom.
    Later on during this press conference, I'm certain that I'll have 
the time to go into these issues that link us and connect us to the 
United States because of our past. But I would like also to mention to 
you why we feel very close to the United States today, and we will so in 
the future.
    And I'd like for the President to now take the floor.
    President Bush. Mr. Prime Minister, thank you very much. Laura and I 
are so pleased to be in Rome to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 
Allied liberation of the Eternal City. I'm proud to stand with you, Mr. 
Prime Minister, my friend. I always look forward to our conversations. I 
listen to your advice. I trust your judgment. I take you for your word.
    We are bound together by ties of family history and shared values. 
The friendship between our two nations has withstood many trials, 
including those perilous times in 1944 that we recall and we honor 
today. Over two centuries, our Governments have been allies and 
adversaries. And today, the affection between our peoples have never 
been stronger.
    For the last 60 years, our Alliance has helped secure the peace of 
the world. Italy stood on the frontlines of freedom throughout the cold 
war. Italy's membership in NATO has given strength and purpose to that 
vital Alliance. And today in the Balkans and in Afghanistan and in Iraq, 
Americans and Italians are once again defending freedom against the 
forces of oppression and terror.
    All Americans join me in honoring the more than 20 Italians who have 
fallen in the cause of liberty in Iraq. Their sacrifice was worthy of 
the ideals of this great nation. Their service will help make Italy, 
America, and the world more secure, as a free and democratic Iraq arises 
in the heart of the Middle East.
    Our coalition is moving forward with a plan to help Iraq achieve 
democracy and freedom. Later this month, we'll hand over authority to a 
sovereign Iraqi government. The members of that government were 
announced earlier this week in Baghdad, and they are a team of Iraqi 
patriots that reflect the religious, ethnic, and religious diversity of 
the Iraqi nation.
    Italian and American military forces will remain in Iraq to help 
Iraqis establish the security so that the Iraqi people can live their 
lives free of fear and so that democracy can take root. Our countries 

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