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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, January 17, 1994 Volume 30--Number 2 Pages 11-54 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Brussels, Belgium American business community--27 American diplomatic community--18 Future leaders of Europe--11 Hotel De Ville--17 North Atlantic Council--21 Moscow, Russia, welcoming ceremony--49 Appointments and Nominations See also Letters and Messages Commerce Department, Assistant Secretary--50 Education Department, Regional and Deputy Regional Representatives-- 50 International Joint Commission, United States and Canada, members-- 40 Labor Department, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Director--50 U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, members--40 White House Office, Director of Presidential Personnel--40 Communications to Congress Peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, letter--20 Communications to Federal Agencies Assistance to the states of the former Soviet Union--19 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Brussels, Belgium--11 Prague, Czech Republic--39, 40 News conferences January 10 in Brussels (No. 39)--23 January 11 in Brussels (No. 40)--30 Interviews With the News Media--Continued January 11 with European Union leaders in Brussels (No. 41)--33 January 12 with Visegrad leaders in Prague (No. 42)--41 January 12 with President Leonid Kravchuk of Ukraine (No. 43)-- 45 Letters and Messages Assistant Secretary of Defense nominee, letter accepting withdrawal--27 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene--11 Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel--39 European Union leaders--33 North Atlantic Council--21 Russian President Boris Yeltsin--49 Slovak Republic President Michal Kovac--40 Ukraine President Leonid Kravchuk--45 Visegrad leaders--41 Proclamations Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday--50 National Good Teen Day--52 Religious Freedom Day--51 Statements by the President See Appointments and Nominations Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--54 Checklist of White House press releases--54 Digest of other White House announcements--53 Nominations submitted to the Senate--54 Editor's Note: The President was in Moscow, Russia, on January 14, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week. 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 11]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 11] Monday, January 17, 1994 Volume 30--Number 2 Pages 11-54 Week Ending Friday, January 14, 1994 Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister Jean- Luc Dehaene of Belgium in Brussels January 9, 1994 Bosnia Q. Mr. President, do you think that Bosnia should be at the top of the agenda for the NATO consideration? The President. Well, we'll discuss that and a number of other things. We have a lot of issues to discuss. But the Prime Minister and I will discuss that and several other issues. As you know, he's just ended a tour of 6 months in the presidency of the EU, and in my judgment, he and Belgium did a superb job. They were very instrumental in the successes we had last summer in the G-7 meeting, which laid the foundation for the adoption of the GATT round. So we're going to talk a little about that, too. President's Mother Q. Mr. President, are you finding it difficult to engage in diplomacy after your personal loss? The President. No, I'm glad to be here. My family and my friends and my mother's friends, we had a wonderful day yesterday, and I'm doing what I should be doing. I'm glad to have the opportunity to be here and go back to work. Note: The exchange began at 1:55 p.m. at the Conrad Hotel. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this exchange. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 11-17] Monday, January 17, 1994 Volume 30--Number 2 Pages 11-54 Week Ending Friday, January 14, 1994 Remarks to Future Leaders of Europe in Brussels January 9, 1994 Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Mayor, distinguished leaders. I'm delighted to be here with the Prime Minister and with many of Europe's future leaders in this great hall of history. I first came to Brussels as a young man in a very different but a difficult time, when the future for us was uncertain. It is fitting that my first trip to Europe as President be about building a better future for the young people of Europe and the United States today and that it begin here in Belgium. As a great capital and as the headquarters of NATO and the European Union, Brussels and Belgium have long been at the center of Europe's steady progress toward greater security and greater prosperity. For those of you who know anything about me personally, I also have a great personal debt of nearly 40 years standing to this country because it was a Belgian, Adolphe Sax, who invented the saxophone. [Laughter] I have come here at this time because I believe that it is time for us together to revitalize our partnership and to define a new security at a time of historic change. It is a new day for our transatlantic partnership: The cold war is over; Germany is united; the Soviet Union is gone; and a constitutional democracy governs Russia. The specter that haunted our citizens for decades, of tanks rolling in through Fulda Gap or nuclear annihilation raining from the sky, that specter, thank God, has largely vanished. Your generation is the beneficiary of those miraculous transformations. In the end, the Iron Curtain rusted from within and was brought crashing down by the determination of brave men and women to live free, by the Poles and the Czechs, by the Russians, the Ukrainians, the people of the Baltics, by all those who understood that neither economics nor consciences can be ordered from above. Equally important, however, their heroic efforts succeeded because our resolve never failed, because the weapons of deterrence never disappeared and the message of democracy never disappeared. [[Page 12]] As the East enjoys a new birth of freedom, one of freedom's great victories lives here in Europe's West: the peaceful cleaving together of nations which clashed for centuries. The transformation was wrought by visionary leaders such as Monnet, Schumann, Spaak, and Marshall, who understood that modern nations can enrich their futures more through cooperation than conquest. My administration supports European union and Europe's development of stronger institutions of common purpose and common action. We recognize we will benefit more from a strong and equal partner than from a weak one. The fall of the Soviet empire and Western Europe's integration are the two greatest advances for peace in the last half of the 20th century. All of us are reaping their blessings. In particular, with the cold war over and in spite of the present global recession which clouds your future, all our nations now have the opportunity to take long, deferred steps toward economic and social renewal. My own Nation has made a beginning in putting our economic house in order, reducing our deficits, investing in our people, creating jobs, and sparking an economic recovery that we hope will help not only the United States but also will lift all nations. We're also facing up to some of the social problems in our country we have ignored for too long, from the challenge to provide universal health care to reducing crime in our streets to dealing with the needs of our poor children. We have a truly multicultural society. In one of our counties there are people from over 150 different national and ethnic groups. But we are working to build an American community for the 21st century. And with the European Union, we have recently led the world to a new GATT agreement that will create millions of new jobs in all our countries. In many ways, it would be easy to offer you only a message of simple celebration, to trumpet our common heritage, to rejoice that our labors for peace have been rewarded, to cheer on the economic progress that is occurring. But this is not a time for self-congratulation. And certainly we have enough challenges that we should act as true partners. That is, we should share one another's burdens rather than only talking of triumphs. And we should speak honestly about what we feel about where we are and where we should go. This is the truth as I see it. We served history well during the cold war, but now history calls on us again to help consolidate freedom's new gains into a larger and a more lasting peace. We must build a new security for Europe. The old security was based on the defense of our bloc against another bloc. The new security must be found in Europe's integration, an integration of security forces, of market economies, of national democracies. The purpose of my trip to Europe is to help lead the movement to that integration and to assure you that America will be a strong partner in it. For the peoples who broke communism's chains, we now see a race between rejuvenation and despair. And the outcome will--bound to shape the security of every nation in the transatlantic alliance. Today that race is being played out from the Balkans to central Asia. In one lane are the heirs of the enlightenment who seek to consolidate freedom's gains by building free economies, open democracies, and tolerant civic cultures. Pitted against them are the grim pretenders to tyranny's dark throne, the militant nationalists and demagogues who fan suspicions that are ancient and parade the pain of renewal in order to obscure the promise of reform. We, none of us, can afford to be bystanders of that race. Too much is at stake. Consider this: The coming months and years may decide whether the Russian people continue to develop a peaceful market democracy or whether, in frustration, they elect leaders who incline back toward authoritarianism and empire. This period may determine whether the nations neighboring Russia thrive in freedom and join the ranks of nonnuclear states or founder under the strain of reform and
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