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Monday, November 22, 1999
Volume 35--Number 46
Pages 2373-2409

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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
        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 
    Environmental Review of Trade Agreements--2393

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
            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.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Athens, Greece, on November 19, 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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    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

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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.

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Monday, November 22, 1999
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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 
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Monday, November 22, 1999
Volume 35--Number 46
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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 

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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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