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[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.


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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.


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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.

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    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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