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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-iii]
Monday, September 20, 1999
Volume 35--Number 37
Pages 1725-1767

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    East Timor situation--1733, 1755
    Hawaii, remarks on Hurricane Floyd in Honolulu--1752
    Hurricane Floyd
        Christchurch, New Zealand--1744
        Disaster relief workers--1756
        Honolulu, HI--1752
        Teleconference with Governors--1756
    New Zealand
        American and Asian business leaders--1727
        APEC summit, remarks on--1739
        Departure from Auckland--1739
        East Timor, remarks in Auckland--1733
        Hurricane Floyd, remarks in Christchurch--1744
        People of New Zealand in Christchurch--1744
        State dinner hosted by Prime Minister Shipley in Christchurch--
    Radio address--1725
    Wedgewood Baptist Church attack--1755

Communications to Congress

    Campaign finance reform, letter on proposed legislation--1739
    ``Cyberspace Electronic Security Act of 1999,'' message transmitting 
        proposed legislation--1760
    Cyprus, letter reporting--1725

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 
        message transmitting report--1759
    Solvenia-U.S. taxation convention with documentation, message 
    United Nations, message transmitting report on U.S. activities--1738

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Assistance for Federal Employees Affected by Hurricane Floyd, 
    Working Group on International Energy, memorandum--1743

Executive Orders

    Further Amendment to Executive Order 12975, as Amended, National 
        Bioethics Advisory Commission--1754

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Federal Emergency Management Agency--1756
        New Zealand
            Auckland--1726, 1732, 1733, 1739
        Roosevelt Room--1755
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Interviews With the News Media--Continued

    News conference with Prime Minister Shipley of New Zealand in 
        Christchurch, September 15 (No. 180)--1747

Joint Statements

    The Auckland Challenge: APEC Economic Leaders' Declaration--1735
    Trilateral Summit Joint Press Statement--1732

Letters and Messages

    Yom Kippur, message--1762

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    China, President Jiang--1726
    Japan, Prime Minister Obuchi--1732
    New Zealand, Prime Minister Shipley--1744, 1747, 1751
    South Korea, President Kim--1732


    Citizenship Day and Constitution Week--1759
    National Hispanic Heritage Month--1742
    National POW/MIA Recognition Day--1753
    Ovarian Cancer Awareness Week--1762

Statements by the President

    Common Ground Partnerships initiative--1762
    Gates Millennium Scholarships--1758
    House action on campaign finance reform legislation--1752
    Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer--1758
    National Bioethics Advisory Commission's report on human stem cell 
    Patients' Bill of Rights legislation--1762
    Robert E. Rubin's acceptance of the Chairman of the Board position 
        at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation--1758
    Russia, terrorist attacks--1761
    U.N. Security Council action on East Timor--1752

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1767
    Checklist of White House press releases--1766
    Digest of other White House announcements--1764
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1765

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Volume 35--Number 37
Pages 1725-1767
Week Ending Friday, September 17, 1999
Letter to Congressional Leaders on Cyprus

September 10, 1999

Dear Mr. Speaker:  (Dear Mr. Chairman:)

    In accordance with Public Law 95-384, (22 U.S.C. 2373(c)), I submit 
to you this report on progress toward a negotiated settlement of the 
Cyprus question covering the period June 1, 1999, to July 31, 1999. The 
previous submission covered events during April and May 1999.
    Cyprus was one of the many issues raised at the G-8 Summit in 
Cologne, Germany, this past June. My colleagues agreed that a resolution 
to the dispute is long overdue and issued a statement urging U.N. 
Secretary-General Kofi Annan to ``invite the leaders of the two parties 
to negotiations in the fall of 1999.'' This is a positive step toward 
addressing the legitimate concerns of both sides and reaching a just and 
lasting solution for all Cypriots.
    In July, Secretary of Defense William Cohen traveled to Greece and 
Turkey to enhance our bilateral relations and underscore the important 
role Greece and Turkey play in maintaining stability in the southern 
European region. Secretary Cohen also emphasized the U.S. commitment to 
reaching a Cyprus solution.
                                            William J. Clinton

Note: Identical letters were sent to J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the 
House of Representatives, and Jesse Helms, chairman, Senate Committee on 
Foreign Relations. This item was not received in time for publication in 
the appropriate issue.

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Pages 1725-1767
Week Ending Friday, September 17, 1999
The President's Radio Address

September 11, 1999

    Good morning. All across America the new school year is now underway 
with over 53 million children, the largest and most diverse group ever 
enrolled. It's a time of hope and excitement for students, parents, and 
teachers alike. But in many communities, it's also a time of concern--
concern that when our children walk through the schoolhouse door they 
won't be safe from the threat of violence.
    We know the vast majority of our schools are safe, but we can't 
forget the communities in cities, suburbs, and rural areas that do have 
a serious problem with school violence. And we can't forget that even 
one incident of school violence is one too many.
    The tragic shootings of the past 2 years were a wakeup call, an 
urgent reminder that to protect our children from violence, we need 
nothing less than a national campaign that draws on all our resources 
and demands all our commitment, with all of us taking responsibility.
    For more than 6 years now, our administration has worked hard to do 
our part. We've strengthened and expanded our safe and drug-free schools 
program, which helps school districts provide counseling, after-school 
activities, and violence mediation among other things. We enacted a 
national zero tolerance policy for guns in schools, helping to expel 
4,000 students for carrying guns to school last year alone. We announced 
a grassroots national campaign against youth violence, and we fought 
hard to keep guns out of the hands of children and criminals. At the 
first-ever White House School Safety Conference, and after the tragedy 
in Littleton at a White House strategy session on youth violence, we 
launched new actions--2,000 more school resource officers in our 
schools, an antiviolence media campaign you may have already seen on 
television, and a new plan to help schools respond to deadly violence. 
These steps have made our schools safer, more disciplined, better 
learning environments. But when it comes to protecting our children, we 
must do more.

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    We know the best solutions to the problem of youth violence come 
when everyone at the local level works together--students, parents, 
teachers, police officers, local judges, counselors, religious and 
community leaders. That's why I asked the Departments of Education, 
Justice, and Health and Human Services to develop the Safe Schools/
Healthy Schools initiative to help communities coordinate their efforts 
to identify troubled young people, prevent them from acting violently, 
and respond when violence does occur.
    As part of this new program, we launched a national competition to 
find and fund the best ideas to reduce youth violence. Hundreds of 
communities applied. Today I'm pleased to announce that 54 communities 
with the best plans will receive more than $100 million in safe schools 
grants. These communities will use the funds in a variety of ways proven 
to reduce youth violence--from hiring more school resource officers to 
improving mental health services, to modernizing school security 
systems, to expanding after-school and mentoring programs. Best of all, 
they engage the entire community to meet the challenge of building safer 
    I'm particularly glad that two of these grants are going to 
communities that have suffered much--one to Jonesboro, Arkansas, in my 
home State, whose plan includes in-home counseling for at-risk families; 
and one to Springfield, Oregon, whose plan will build on the strong 
partnership the schools developed with law enforcement after the tragic 

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