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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, July 21, 1997
Volume 33--Number 29
Pages 1061-1104

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Arkansas, funeral service for Hilary Jones in Jasper--1101
    Congressional leaders, meeting--1075
    Denmark, Copenhagen
        Luncheon hosted by Queen Margrethe II--1069
        Remarks to citizens--1071
    Genetic screening, proposed legislation--1073
    Illinois, question-and-answer session with the National Association 
        of Black Journalists in Chicago--1092
    Internet, announcement of steps to make it family-friendly--1077
    Pennsylvania, NAACP convention in Pittsburgh--1084
    Radio address--1067
    Romania, citizens of Bucharest--1061

Appointments and Nominations

    Defense Department, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chairman, remarks--1082

Communications to Congress

    Cambodia, letter--1067
    China-U.S. fisheries agreement, message transmitting--1081
    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, 
        Title III, letter--1079

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Revised air quality standards for ozone and particulate matter, 

Executive Orders

    Executive Order 13055--Coordination of United States Government 
        International Exchanges and Training Programs--1081

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Air Force One, excerpts--1063
        Bucharest, Romania--1062
        Cabinet Room--1075
        Copenhagen, Denmark--1070
        Rose Garden--1082

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

        Prime Minister Rasmussen--1070
        Queen Margrethe II--1069

Resignations and Retirements

    Department of Justice, Solicitor General--1079

Statements by the President

    See also Resignations and Retirements
    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, 
        Title III--1078
    Northern Ireland--1073

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1104
    Checklist of White House press releases--1103
    Digest of other White House announcements--1102
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1103


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Monday, July 21, 1997
Volume 33--Number 29
Pages 1061-1104
Week Ending Friday, July 18, 1997
Remarks to the Citizens of Bucharest, Romania

July 11, 1997

    The President. Thank you. Mr. President, thank you for your 
wonderful welcome. And to the young student who just spoke, Semina 
Munteanu, if she is a representative of the youth of Romania, the future 
of this nation is in good hands.
    I am proud to be the first American President to visit a free 
    Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
    The President. I am proud to stand in University Square, where so 
many have sacrificed for freedom. Most of all, I am proud to see in this 
vast crowd the face of a new Romania, moving beyond the past to build a 
bright future of possibility for all your people. Congratulations.
    Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
    The President. America knows that Romania's destiny lies in an 
undivided, democratic, peaceful Europe, where every nation is free and 
every free nation is the partner of the United States. To all the people 
of Romania who love freedom so dearly: I come to Romania because of all 
you have already done; I come because I know what you still can do; I 
come because of all that we must do together to achieve your destiny in 
the family of freedom.
    No people--no people have suffered more under Communist repression. 
No people paid a higher price for the simple right to live in freedom. 
No people faced greater challenges in the struggle to start anew. But 
though your path has been steep and hard, you are going forward. And for 
that, we salute you.
    In America--in America, we have seen your spirit, your endurance, 
your determination symbolized by the feat of one of your young Romanian 
athletes. At the end of the New York marathon last fall, a runner named 
Anuta Catuna came from behind to close the lead and earn her way to 
victory in one of America's most prized races. Like her, Romania has set 
its sights and its heart on the long run. And like her, the Romanian 
people have won the world's respect for moving so far, so fast, and for 
believing in yourselves and your future. Like her marathon race, the 
marathon of freedom is not a sprint; it takes steady and persistent 
commitment to stay the course. After more than 200 years, America now 
knows the journey of democracy is never over; it must be traveled every 
single day.
    But what progress you have made. You have launched bold economic 
reforms to give your people the chance to make the most of their own 
lives. In the short term, I know there are costs to this market reform. 
But in the long term, the rewards are far greater, in better jobs, new 
opportunities, more trade and investment from around the world for your 
people. And in recent years, we have learned from other nations' 
experience that those who reform the fastest make the most progress for 
their people. Romania has been making up for lost time, and the whole 
world is taking notice.
    You have turned old grievances to new friendships, within your 
borders and beyond. You have forged landmark treaties with Hungary and 
Ukraine. You have brought ethnic Hungarians into democratic government 
for the first time. You are giving minorities a greater stake in your 
common future. Together you are doing something that people all over the 
world must do, you are reaching across the lines that divide you to 
build one Romania. And for that, I salute you.
    You have shown the way of responsible leadership here in your own 
region. In Bosnia, it was Romanian engineers who repaired the first 
train crossing the Sava River so that critical aid could reach the 
Bosnian people after years of deprivation. In Albania, Romania's 
peacekeeping battalion has played

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a key role in promoting stability and securing free elections. Your 
nation, at its own initiative and its own expense, has helped your 
faltering neighbors get their feet back on the ground. And for that, the 
world salutes you. Of course, there is more work to do. I come here to 
say that America will do that work with you.
    Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
    The President. The values that govern Romania today, liberty, 
openness, tolerance, free markets, these are values shared by the 
community of democracies Romania is joining. The community includes 
security cooperation through the Partnership For Peace. It includes 
strong ties of trade and investment. It includes institutions like the 
European Union. And of course, it includes NATO.
    I welcome Romania's deep desire to contribute even more fully to 
Europe's security and strength. I welcome your desire to join NATO. I 
want that, too, for Europe, for America, and for you. And I say to you 
today: Stay the course, and Romania will cross that milestone.
    To all nations who embrace democracy and reform and wish to share 
the responsibilities of membership, I reaffirm from this plaza of 
freedom: The door to NATO is open. It will stay open, and we will help 
you to walk through it.
    NATO has committed to review aspiring members in 1999. Romania is 
one of the strongest candidates. And if you stay the course and manifest 
the love of liberty we all see here today, there can be no stronger 
candidate. Stay the course. Stay the course. The future is yours.
    Audience members. Clinton! Clinton! Clinton!
    The President. Thank you.
    In the meantime, your President and I have agreed to establish a 
strategic partnership between our nations, a partnership important to 
America because Romania is important to America, important in your own 
right, important as a model in this difficult part of the world. Romania 
can show the people of this region and, indeed, people throughout the 
world that there is a better way than fighting and division and 
repression. It is cooperation and freedom and peace.
    Mr. President, citizens of Romania, my visit has been brief, but our 
friendship will endure the test of time. As long as you proceed down 
democracy's road, America will walk by your side.
    The great Romanian-born playwright, Ionesco, once said, ``There has 
always been at every living moment of culture a will to renewal.'' Here 
in Bucharest, I see that will to renewal all around. I am reminded of 
the words of your hymn, once forbidden but never forgotten: ``Wake up, 
Romanian.'' You have shown the world, and you have shown me here today, 
that Romania has awakened, awakened to democracy, awakened to freedom, 
awakened to security, awakened to your destiny. And because of you, the 
world has awakened to Romania. May the light of your freedom shine 
forever, and may God bless the Romanian people and the future of our two 
peoples together.
    Thank you, and God bless you.

Note: The President spoke at 5:25 p.m. in University Square at Piata 
Universitatii. In his remarks, he referred to Semina Munteanu, a student 
who introduced the President; and President Emil Constantinescu of 
Romania. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, July 21, 1997
Volume 33--Number 29
Pages 1061-1104
Week Ending Friday, July 18, 1997
Exchange With Reporters in Bucharest

July 11, 1997

Museum Visit

    Q. What did you buy at the Peasant's Museum?
    The President. I bought just a representative sample of the things 
that were there.

President's Reception

    Q. What did you think of the reception?
    The President. It was amazing. It was truly amazing. I can't imagine 
how many people were there; because there were people, when I drove up, 
in blocks that had been blocked off by the police, who were way back--
weren't even visible from the stage. There were a lot of people there.
    Q. Were you surprised by the warmth?

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