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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, November 22, 1999 Volume 35--Number 46 Pages 2373-2409 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Budget agreement--2397 Greece, arrival in Athens--2406 Northern Ireland peace process--2402 Radio address--2374 Turkey American and Turkish business leaders in Istanbul--2390 American Embassy community in Ankara--2376 Arrival ceremony in Ankara--2377 Earthquake survivors in Izmit--2389 Grand National Assembly in Ankara--2381 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe--2395 State dinner hosted by President Demirel in Ankara--2388 State of the Turkish Republic Award in Ankara--2388 Bill Signings District of Columbia College Access Act of 1999, statement--2373 Communications to Congress Aeronautics and space activities, message transmitting report--2401 Federal Labor Relations Authority, message transmitting report--2394 Communications to Congress--Continued Iran, message transmitting report--2394 Railroad Retirement Board, message transmitting report--2394 Executive Orders Amendment to Executive Order 12958--Classified National Security Information--2405 Environmental Review of Trade Agreements--2393 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Turkey Ankara--2378 Istanbul--2397, 2402 Letters and Messages International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, message--2373 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Ireland, Prime Minister Ahern--2402 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe--2395 Turkey, President Demirel--2378 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Proclamations America Recycles Day--2387 National Family Caregivers Week--2404 National Family Week--2404 National Farm-City Week--2400 National Great American Smokeout Day--2400 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Children, Federal regulations concerning health insurance--2386 Cyprus peace talks, announcement--2375 Environmental review of trade agreements--2392 E-rate and efforts to end the digital divide--2394 Good Friday accord, interim report on implementation--2386 Statements by the President--Continued Northern Ireland peace process--2399 Southeast Europe, assistance--2399 ``Southeast Europe Trade Preference Act,'' proposed--2373 U.N. sanctions against the Taliban--2386 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2409 Checklist of White House press releases--2409 Digest of other White House announcements--2407 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2408 [[Page 2373]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2373] Monday, November 22, 1999 Volume 35--Number 46 Pages 2373-2409 Week Ending Friday, November 19, 1999 Message on the Observance of International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, 1999 November 10, 1999 Warm greetings to all those observing the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Throughout my Presidency, I have strived to promote the cause of international religious freedom. I am proud that my Administration has completed the first phase outlined in the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. In September, we published the first annual report on the status of religious freedom worldwide; and in October, we publicly designated the most severe violators of religious freedom. On this special occasion, we pause to reflect on the importance of religious freedom and the profound role that religion continues to play in the lives of citizens around the world. Throughout human history, religion has helped countless individuals address profound questions about life and the universe. Across the globe, in places large and small, we have seen the resilience and depth of the human desire to worship freely. We have also seen in our communities and in other nations around the world the violence and human tragedy spawned by hatred, intolerance, and fear born of ignorance--even ignorance of one another's religion. But religion encourages us to recognize our capacity for forgiveness and love. On this sacred day, we pray most fervently to Almighty God to change the hearts of those who persecute others and to help us in building just communities united in understanding, compassion, and mutual respect. Best wishes to all for a blessed observance. Bill Clinton Note: This message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on November 12. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2373] Monday, November 22, 1999 Volume 35--Number 46 Pages 2373-2409 Week Ending Friday, November 19, 1999 Statement on the Proposed ``Southeast Europe Trade Preference Act'' November 12, 1999 Today I instructed the Office of the United States Trade Representative to transmit to Congress the ``Southeast Europe Trade Preference Act'' (``SETPA''), which would authorize expansion of duty- free treatment to a much broader range of imports from the region for 5 years. This legislation implements in part a trade expansion initiative that I launched at the Sarajevo Summit in July. This initiative is an important part of the broader Stability Pact developed by the United States, our European allies and partners, and others to speed the economic development and democratization of southeast Europe and advance its integration into an undivided Europe. Along with trade benefits provided by European nations, these efforts can help the countries of the region achieve long-term economic growth. This, in turn, will strengthen the region's stability and reduce the risk of another destructive conflict. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2373-2374] Monday, November 22, 1999 Volume 35--Number 46 Pages 2373-2409 Week Ending Friday, November 19, 1999 Statement on Signing the District of Columbia College Access Act of 1999 November 12, 1999 Today I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 974, the ``District of Columbia College Access Act of 1999.'' This Act helps to level the playing field for the young people of the District of Columbia by expanding opportunities for affordable higher education. My FY 2000 Budget requested $17 million to improve access to higher education for D.C. [[Page 2374]] residents by enabling them to attend public colleges and universities in Maryland and Virginia at in-State tuition rates. I am grateful for the bipartisan effort in the Congress to work with my Administration to build on that proposal and develop this Act. The District of Columbia College Access Act of 1999 will allow the Federal Government, through a program run by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, to pay the difference between in-State and out-of-State tuition at public colleges and universities in Maryland, Virginia, and other States, under certain circumstances, on behalf of qualified D.C. residents. District of Columbia residents could receive up to $10,000 per year, with a $50,000 maximum overall, in tuition subsidies under this Act. This tuition subsidy is critical, because it will provide an opportunity for D.C. residents, like the residents of all 50 States, to attend a variety of affordable public colleges and universities. A lack of financial resources can be a roadblock to entering college, as well as a major reason why many students who enroll in college do not complete their degree programs. By providing this tuition subsidy, we are providing D.C. residents more opportunities to attend college, and encouraging families with college-bound children to remain in, or move to, the District. By assisting individual D.C. residents through these tuition subsidies, we will also be contributing to the continued revitalization of the District of Columbia. In addition, the Act would authorize grants of up to $2,500 per year, with a $12,500 per student maximum, to D.C. residents who choose to attend private colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C.
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