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Monday, April 19, 2004
Volume 40_Number 16
Pages 569	620


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 Addresses and Remarks

     See also  Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Iowa, remarks in Des Moines--600
    Radio address--569
    Texas, remarks at Fort Hood--571

 Bill Signings

    Legislation to provide for the conveyance to the Utrok Atoll local 
        government of a decommissioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
        Administration ship, and for other purposes, statement--579

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Certification of Statutory Provisions Regarding the Palestine 
        Liberation Organization, memorandum--600

 Executive Orders

    Establishing an Emergency Board To Investigate a Dispute Between the 
        Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Its 
        Conductors Represented by the United Transportation Union--570

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchange with reporters at Fort Hood, TX--571

    News conferences

         April 12 with President Mubarak of Egypt--573

         April 13--580

         April 14 with Prime Minister Sharon of Israel--592

         April 16 with Prime Minister Blair of the United Kingdom--610

Joint Statements

    President George W. Bush and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt--578

Letters and Messages

    Israeli disengagement plan, letter to Prime Minister Sharon--598

  (Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on April 16, 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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Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Egypt, President Mubarak--573, 578
    Israel, Prime Minister Sharon--592
    United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--610


    National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day--569
    Pan American Day and Pan American Week--579

Statements by the President

     See also  Bill Signings
    Israeli disengagement plan and the Middle East peace process--596

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--620
     Checklist of White House press releases--619
     Digest of other White House announcements--619
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--619

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Monday, April 19, 2004
Volume 40_Number 16
Pages 569	620
Week Ending Friday, April 16, 2004
Proclamation 7770--National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2004

 April 9, 2004

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    Americans look to our veterans as examples of honor and patriotism. 
These loyal citizens have risked capture, imprisonment, and their lives 
to protect our homeland and advance freedom abroad. As we observe 
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, we honor brave 
Americans who have demonstrated extraordinary courage in the face of 
hardship and terror.
    Today, nine out of ten former prisoners of war are veterans of World 
War II. These Americans helped to liberate millions and defeat tyranny 
around the world, and survived unspeakable horrors for the cause of 
freedom. From enduring hard labor in German and Japanese POW camps to 
the torturous Bataan Death March, these proud patriots showed strength 
of character and incredible resolve in captivity. Their devotion to duty 
and love of country stand as a measure of service few others will 
    America will never forget these quiet heroes and all of our former 
prisoners of war who suffered adversity in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian 
Gulf, Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq, and other conflicts. Our Nation is grateful 
to our former prisoners of war for their sacrifice to help protect the 
democratic ideals that make our country strong. Because of the 
dedication of these men and women in uniform, people in our own country 
and in lands far away can live in freedom. These citizens inspire us, 
and we will always remember their service for liberty's blessings.
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and 
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 9, 2004, as National 
Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day. I call upon all Americans to 
join me in remembering all former American prisoners of war who suffered 
the hardships of enemy captivity. I also call upon Federal, State, and 
local government officials and private organizations to observe this day 
with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of 
April, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
                                                George W. Bush

 [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:31 a.m., April 12, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on April 
13. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, April 19, 2004
Volume 40_Number 16
Pages 569	620
Week Ending Friday, April 16, 2004
The President's Radio Address

April 10, 2004

    Good morning. This week in Iraq, our coalition forces have faced 
challenges and taken the fight to the enemy, and our offensive will 
continue in the weeks ahead.
    As the June 30th date for Iraqi sovereignty draws near, a small 
faction is attempting to derail Iraqi democracy and seize power. In some 
cities, Saddam supporters and terrorists have struck against coalition 
forces. In other areas, attacks were incited by a radical named Muqtada 
Al Sadr, who is wanted for the murder of a respected Shiite cleric. Al 
Sadr has called for violence against coalition troops, and his band of 
thugs have terrorized Iraqi police and ordinary citizens.
    Coalition forces are conducting a multicity offensive. In Fallujah, 
marines of Operation Vigilant Resolve are taking control of the city,

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block by block. Further south, troops of Operation Resolute Sword have 
taken the initiative from Al Sadr's militia. Our coalition's quick 
reaction forces are finding and engaging the enemy. Prisoners are being 
taken, and intelligence is being gathered. Our decisive actions will 
continue until these enemies of democracy are dealt with.
    Some have suggested that we should respond to the recent attacks by 
delaying Iraqi sovereignty. This is precisely what our enemies want. 
They want to dictate the course of events in Iraq and to prevent the 
Iraqi people from having a true voice in their future. They want America 
and our coalition to falter in our commitments before a watching world. 
In these ambitions, the enemies of freedom will fail. Iraqi sovereignty 
will arrive on June 30th.
    In March, the Iraqi Governing Council signed a document that 
protects the rights of the Iraqi people, offers the timetable for 
elections, and paves the way for a permanent constitution. At this 
moment, United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is conducting 
intensive consultations with a wide range of Iraqis on the structure of 
the interim government that will assume control on July the first. We 
welcome this U.N. engagement.
    The transition to sovereignty will mark the beginning of a new 
Government and the end of the coalition's administrative duties, but the 
coalition's commitment to Iraq will continue. We will establish a new 
American Embassy to protect our Nation's interests. We will continue 
helping the Iraqi people reconstruct their economy, undermined by 
decades of dictatorship and corruption. And our coalition forces will 
remain committed to the security of Iraq.
    Iraq's elections for a permanent Government are scheduled to be held 
near the end of 2005, and the elected Government can count on coalition 
assistance. We will stand with the Iraqi people as long as necessary to 
ensure that their young democracy is stable and secure and successful.
    As we have done before, America is fighting on the side of liberty, 
liberty in Iraq and liberty in the Middle East. This objective serves 
the interests of that region, of the United States, and of all freedom-
loving countries. As the greater Middle East increasingly becomes a 
place where freedom flourishes, the lives of millions in that region 
will be bettered, and the American people and the entire world will be 
more secure.
    From the first days of the war on terror, I said our Nation would 
face periods of struggle and testing. As the June 30th transition 
approaches, we will continue to see a test of wills between the enemies 
of freedom and its defenders. We will win this test of wills and 
overcome every challenge, because the cause of freedom and security is 

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