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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, September 23, 1996 Volume 32--Number 38 Pages 1749-1826 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Anticrime initiatives--1764 Arizona, announcing the establishment of the Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument, remarks at Grand Canyon National Park--1785 Bus tour Oregon, Portland--1819 Washington Centralia--1806 Longview--1810 Tacoma--1800 Vancouver--1816 Woodland--1814 Yelm City--1803 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner--1753 Illinois, Flossmoor--1780 Iowa Departure--1758 Rally for Senator Tom Harkin in Indianola--1759 Michigan, Westland--1776 North Carolina, roundtable discussion on Hurricane Fran in Raleigh-- 1751 Addresses and Remarks--Continued Ohio, Cincinnati--1766 Pension portability regulations, announcement--1773 Radio address--1750 Washington 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. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Executive Orders Amending Executive Order No. 12975 (National Bioethics National Commission)--1771 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oval Office--1764, 1773 South Lawn--1758 Letters and Messages Yom Kippur, message--1793 Notices Continuation of Emergency With Respect to UNITA--1771 Proclamations Citizenship Day and Constitution Week--1784 Proclamations--Continued Establishment of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument-- 1788 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 [[Page 1749]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1749] Monday, September 23, 1996 Volume 32--Number 38 Pages 1749-1826 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. [[Page 1750]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1750-1751] 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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