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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, September 23, 1996
Volume 32--Number 38
Pages 1749-1826

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Addresses and Remarks

    Anticrime initiatives--1764
    Arizona, announcing the establishment of the Grand Staircase-
        Escalante National Monument, remarks at Grand Canyon National 
    Bus tour
        Oregon, Portland--1819
            Yelm City--1803
    Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner--1753
    Illinois, Flossmoor--1780
        Rally for Senator Tom Harkin in Indianola--1759
    Michigan, Westland--1776
    North Carolina, roundtable discussion on Hurricane Fran in Raleigh--

Addresses and Remarks--Continued

    Ohio, Cincinnati--1766
    Pension portability regulations, announcement--1773
    Radio address--1750
        See also Bus tour
        Community in Seattle--1793
        Saxophone Club in Seattle--1797

Bill Signings

    Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1997, statement--1772
    Military Construction Appropriations Act, 1997, statement--1772

Communications to Congress

    Angola, message--1815
    Domestic violence offenders, letter on legislation prohibiting 
        possession of firearms--1785
    International Telecommunication Union, message transmitting 
        constitution and convention--1749
    UNITA, message transmitting report--1771
       (Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Sioux Falls, SD, on September 20, 
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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Executive Orders

    Amending Executive Order No. 12975 (National Bioethics National 

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Oval Office--1764, 1773
        South Lawn--1758

Letters and Messages

    Yom Kippur, message--1793


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to UNITA--1771


    Citizenship Day and Constitution Week--1784


    Establishment of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument--
    National Hispanic Heritage Month--1792
    National POW/MIA Recognition Day--1791

Statements by President

    See also Bill Signings
    Death of McGeorge Bundy--1771

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1826
    Checklist of White House press releases--1825
    Digest of other White House announcements--1823
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1825

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Monday, September 23, 1996
Volume 32--Number 38
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Week Ending Friday, September 20, 1996
Message to the Congress Transmitting the Constitution and Convention of 
the International Telecommunication Union

September 13, 1996

To the Senate of the United States:

    With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to 
ratification, I transmit herewith the Constitution and Convention of the 
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with Annexes, signed at 
Geneva on December 22, 1992, and amendments to the Constitution and 
Convention, signed at Kyoto on October 14, 1994, together with 
declarations and reservations by the United States as contained in the 
Final Acts. I transmit also, for the information of the Senate, the 
report of the Department of State with respect to the Constitution and 
Convention and the amendments thereto.
    The 1992 Constitution and Convention replace the ITU Convention 
signed in Nairobi in 1982. Prior to the 1992 Constitution and 
Convention, the ITU Convention had been routinely replaced at successive 
Plenipotentiary Conferences every 5 to 10 years. The 1992 Constitution 
and Convention represent the first basic instruments of the ITU intended 
to be permanent. Basic provisions on the organization and structure of 
the ITU and fundamental substantive rules governing international 
telecommunications matters are embodied in the Constitution. The ITU 
Convention is comprised of provisions on the functioning of the ITU and 
its constituent parts.
    The 1992 Constitution and Convention reflect the effort by ITU 
Member countries to restructure the ITU to make it more effective in 
responding to the changes taking place in telecommunications. The United 
States is pleased with the restructuring of the ITU. The changes adopted 
are expected to enable the ITU to meet challenges brought on by the 
dynamic telecommunications environment.
    The 1994 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference was convened less than 4 
months after the entry into force of the Constitution and Convention to 
amend the 1992 Constitution and Convention. Recognizing that more time 
should be allowed to evaluate the extensive changes to the structure of 
the ITU, the Conference adopted only a few minor amendments, which were 
acceptable to the United States.
    In signing the 1992 Constitution and Convention and the 1994 
amendments, the United States made certain declarations and 
reservations. The specific declarations and reservations are discussed 
in the report of the Department of State.
    The 1992 Constitution and Convention entered into force July 1, 
1994, for states which, by that date, had notified the Secretary General 
of the ITU of their approval thereof and, in the same manner, the 
amendments to the Constitution and Convention entered into force on 
January 1, 1996.
    Subject to the U.S. declarations and reservations mentioned above, I 
believe the United States should be a party to the ITU Constitution and 
Convention, as amended. They will improve the efficiency of management 
of the ITU and will allow it to be more responsive to the needs of the 
United States Government and private sector. It is my hope that the 
Senate will take early action on this matter and give its advice and 
consent to ratification.
                                            William J. Clinton
The White House,
September 13, 1996.

Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, September 23, 1996
Volume 32--Number 38
Pages 1749-1826
Week Ending Friday, September 20, 1996
The President's Radio Address

September 14, 1996

    Good morning. Today I know the thoughts and prayers of every 
American are with our men and women in uniform serving in the Persian 
Gulf, standing up for America's interests. I want to speak with you 
about why 10 days ago I ordered our Armed Forces to strike Iraq, what we 
have accomplished, and where we go from here.
    America's vital interests in the Persian Gulf are constant and 
clear: to help protect our friends in the region against aggression, to 
work with others in the fight against terrorism, to preserve the free 
flow of oil, and to build support for a comprehensive Middle East peace. 
Any group or nation that threatens the stability of the region threatens 
those interests.
    For the past 5 years, Saddam Hussein has repeatedly threatened the 
stability of the Persian Gulf and our allies Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. 
Time and again, he has lashed out recklessly against his neighbors and 
against his own people. America's policy has been to contain Saddam, to 
reduce the threat he poses to the region and to do it in a way that 
makes him pay a price when he acts recklessly. That is why when Saddam 
sent his troops into the Kurdish city of Urbil in Northern Iraq 2 weeks 
ago, we responded strongly, immediately, and strategically.
    If we had failed to answer Saddam's provocation, he would have been 
emboldened to act even more recklessly and in a manner more dangerous to 
our interests. That is why we did respond and why we did so in a way 
that made our interests more secure. We acted in southern Iraq, where 
our interests are the most vital and where we had the capacity to 
increase the international community's ability to deter aggression by 
Saddam against his neighbors.
    I ordered the attacks in order to extend the no-fly zone in Iraq, 
the air space through which Iraq's military is not allowed to fly. Now, 
we control the skies over Iraq from the border of Kuwait to the southern 

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