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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, March 24, 2003 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Pages 329-352 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses to the Nation Iraq--338, 342 Addresses and Remarks See also Addresses to the Nation; Meetings With Foreign Leaders Cabinet meeting--343 Congressional leaders, meeting--347 Radio address--329 Communications to Congress Federal ocean and coastal activities, message transmitting report-- 342 Iraq Letter on commencement of military action--348 Letter on conclusion of diplomatic efforts--341 Message reporting on confiscation and vesting of certain Iraqi property--345 Terrorism Letter reporting on U.S. efforts in the global war--346 Message transmitting report on national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support--349 Communications to Congress--Continued UNITA, message transmitting report on national emergency--342 United Nations and its affiliated agencies, message transmitting report on U.S. participation--342 Communications to Federal Agencies Determination Pursuant to Section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as Amended, memorandum--346 Executive Orders Confiscating and Vesting Certain Iraqi Property--344 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--347 News conference with Prime Minister Durao Barroso of Portugal, President Aznar of Spain, and Prime Minister Blair of the United Kingdom in the Azores, Portugal--330 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Joint Statements Statement of the Atlantic Summit: A Vision for Iraq and the Iraqi People--336 Statement of the Atlantic Summit: Commitment to Transatlantic Solidarity--336 Letters and Messages Nowruz, message--344 Saint Patrick's Day, message--338 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Portugal, Prime Minister Durao Barroso--330, 336 Spain, President Aznar--330, 336 United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--330, 336 Proclamations Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy--341 Statements by the President House of Representatives passage of the budget resolution--348 Social Security Trustees, 2003 report--337 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--352 Checklist of White House press releases--351 Digest of other White House announcements--349 Nominations submitted to the Senate--351 [[Page 329]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 329-330] Pages 329-352 Week Ending Friday, March 21, 2003 The President's Radio Address March 15, 2003 Good morning. This weekend marks a bitter anniversary for the people of Iraq. Fifteen years ago, Saddam Hussein's regime ordered a chemical weapons attack on a village in Iraq called Halabja. With that single order, the regime killed thousands of Iraq's Kurdish citizens. Whole families died while trying to flee clouds of nerve and mustard agents descending from the sky. Many who managed to survive still suffer from cancer, blindness, respiratory diseases, miscarriages, and severe birth defects among their children. The chemical attack on Halabja, just one of 40 targeted at Iraq's own people, provided a glimpse of the crimes Saddam Hussein is willing to commit and the kind of threat he now presents to the entire world. He is among history's cruelest dictators, and he is arming himself with the world's most terrible weapons. Recognizing this threat, the United Nations Security Council demanded that Saddam Hussein give up all his weapons of mass destruction as a condition for ending the Gulf war 12 years ago. The Security Council has repeated this demand numerous times and warned that Iraq faces serious consequences if it fails to comply. Iraq has responded with defiance, delay, and deception. The United States, Great Britain, and Spain continue to work with fellow members of the U.N. Security Council to confront this common danger. We have seen far too many instances in the past decade, from Bosnia to Rwanda to Kosovo, where the failure of the Security Council to act decisively has led to tragedy. And we must recognize that some threats are so grave and their potential consequences so terrible that they must be removed, even if it requires military force. As diplomatic efforts continue, we must never lose sight of the basic facts about the regime of Baghdad. We know from recent history that Saddam Hussein is a reckless dictator who has twice invaded his neighbors without provocation, wars that led to death and suffering on a massive scale. We know from human rights groups that dissidents in Iraq are tortured, imprisoned, and sometimes just disappear; their hands, feet, and tongues are cut off; their eyes are gouged out; and female relatives are raped in their presence. As the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said this week, ``We have a moral obligation to intervene where evil is in control. Today, that place is Iraq.'' We know from prior weapons inspections that Saddam has failed to account for vast quantities of biological and chemical agents, including mustard agent, botulinum toxin, and sarin, capable of killing millions of people. We know the Iraqi regime finances and sponsors terror. And we know the regime has plans to place innocent people around military installations to act as human shields. There is little reason to hope that Saddam Hussein will disarm. If force is required to disarm him, the American people can know that our Armed Forces have been given every tool and every resource to achieve victory. The people of Iraq can know that every effort will be made to spare innocent life and to help Iraq recover from three decades of totalitarian rule. And plans are in place to provide Iraqis with massive amounts of food, as well as medicine and other essential supplies, in the event of hostilities. Crucial days lie ahead for the free nations of the world. Governments are now showing whether their stated commitments to liberty and security are words alone or convictions they're prepared to act upon. And for the Government of the United States and the coalition we lead, there is no doubt: We will confront a growing danger, to protect ourselves, to remove a patron and protector of terror, and to keep the peace of the world. Thank you for listening. [[Page 330]] Note: The address was recorded at 10:21 a.m. on March 14 in the Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on March 15. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on March 14 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. In his remarks, the President referred to President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 330-336] Pages 329-352 Week Ending Friday, March 21, 2003 The President's News Conference With Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso of Portugal, President Jose Maria Aznar of Spain, and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom in the Azores, Portugal March 16, 2003 Prime Minister Durao Barroso. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I am very pleased to welcome here in the Azores the leaders of three friends and allied countries, the United States, Spain, and United Kingdom; President Bush, Prime Minister Aznar, and Prime Minister Tony Blair. This meeting in the Azores also shows the importance of transatlantic relations and also shows the solidarity among our countries. Actually, these agreements have approved two statements, one statement on transatlantic relations and a statement on Iraq. We have joined this initiative, and we organized it here in the Azores because we thought this was the last opportunity for a political solution. And this is how we see it: This is the last possibility for a political solution to the problem. Maybe it's a small chance, a small possibility, but even if it's one in one million, it's always worthwhile fighting for a political solution. And I think this is the message that we can get from this Atlantic summit. As I was saying, for my English-speaking guests, I'll speak English now. First of all, let me say, welcome, George Bush, to Europe. I think it's important that we meet here, in a European country, in Portugal, but in this territory of Azores that is halfway between the continent of Europe and the continent of America. I think it's not only logistically convenient; it has a special political meaning, the political meaning of our friendship and our commitment to our shared values. So welcome to all of you. Welcome to you. And I now give the floor to President George Bush. President Bush. Jose, thank you very much for your hospitality. You've done a great job on such short notice. And I'm honored to be standing here with you and two other friends as we work toward a great
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