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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, January 25, 1999
Volume 35--Number 3
Pages 63-108

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Addresses to the Nation

    State of the Union--78

Addresses and Remarks

    AmeriCorps volunteers--74

    Arkansas tornado damage--106
    Democratic National Committee dinner--70

    Id al-Fitr--76

    National Academy of Science--103

    New York
        People of western New York in Buffalo--88, 89

        Wall Street Project conference in New York City--63, 64

    Pennsylvania, people of Montgomery County in Norristown--95, 100

    Radio address--73

    Teacher in every classroom, initiative to provide a qualified--100

Communications to Congress

    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, letter on suspension of 
        title III provisions--63

    Deployment of military forces for stabilization of areas of the 
        former Yugoslavia, letter reporting--77

    Iraqi democratic opposition organizations, letter transmitting 

    Russia-U.S. mutual fisheries agreement extension, letter 

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process, 
        letter transmitting notice on continuation of emergency--94

Interviews With the News Media

    Interview with Judith Miller and William Broad of the New York 
        Times, excerpt--103

Letters and Messages

    Id al-Fitr, message--76


    Continuation of Emergency Regarding Terrorists Who Threaten To 
        Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process--94

Statements by the President

    ``Affordable Child Care for Early Success and Security Act,'' 
    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, suspension of title III 
    Eritrea-Ethiopia border conflict--107

Supplementary Materials

    Act approved by the President--108
    Checklist of White House press releases--108
    Digest of other White House announcements--107
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--108

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Volume 35--Number 3
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Week Ending Friday, January 22, 1999
Telephone Remarks to the Wall Street Project Conference

January 14, 1999

    I am very sorry that bad weather prevented me from being with you 
tonight. But if Mother Nature is kind, I will be in New York tomorrow. I 
want to thank all of you for coming together through the Wall Street 
Project to work to ensure that the unprecedented prosperity of our time 
reaches into every corner of America.
    We are living in blessed times. Our economy is the strongest in a 
generation. Our social fabric is mending. That's why we must seize this 
moment of prosperity to tackle some of our greatest challenges. You 
gather tonight in one of the greatest monuments of American capitalism. 
But just blocks away, there are hard-working families who have yet to 
feel the prosperity. We have not only an opportunity, we've got an 
obligation to give all of them the tools they need to share in this 
    As leaders of the companies on the Big Board, as the men and women 
who have helped to transform America into the world's economic 
superpower, you must help to build the bridge between those who work in 
our gleaming office towers and those who live in their shadows, between 
Wall Street and our greatest untapped markets. Tomorrow I'll talk about 
my plan to work with all of you to bring capital and hope to our most 
underserved neighborhoods.
    Not too long ago, Reverend Jackson once talked about the freedom 
symphony he would write for America. The first movement would represent 
our liberation from slavery; the second would be the struggle to end 
legal segregation; the third would be the fight to win the vote; and the 
final movement would be the crusade to bring economic opportunity to all 
Americans. You can help to write that movement. In fact, it can't be 
written without you.
    I thank you for helping to make sure that no family is left behind. 
And I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow.

Note: The President spoke at approximately 8:30 p.m. from the Oval 
Office at the White House to the conference in New York City. In his 
remarks, he referred to civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson. This 
item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue.

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Monday, January 25, 1999
Volume 35--Number 3
Pages 63-108
Week Ending Friday, January 22, 1999
Letter to Congressional Leaders on Review of Title III of the Cuban 
Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996

January 14, 1999

Dear __________:

    Pursuant to section 306(c)(2) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic 
Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-114), (the ``Act''), I 
hereby determine and report to the Congress that suspension for 6 months 
beyond February 1, 1999, of the right to bring an action under title III 
of the Act is necessary to the national interests of the United States 
and will expedite a transition to democracy in Cuba.
                                            William J. Clinton

Note: Identical letters were sent to Jesse Helms, chairman, Senate 
Committee on Foreign Relations; Ted Stevens, chairman, Senate Committee 
on Appropriations; Benjamin A. Gilman, chairman, House Committee on 
International Relations; and C.W. Bill Young, chairman, House Committee 
on Appropriations. This letter was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on January 15. This item was not received in time for 
publication in the appropriate issue.

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Monday, January 25, 1999
Volume 35--Number 3
Pages 63-108
Week Ending Friday, January 22, 1999
Statement on Review of Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic 
Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996

January 15, 1999

    I am today notifying the Congress that I have decided to suspend for 
an additional 6 months implementation of provisions of Title III of the 
Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, which allow legal actions 
to be brought against firms trafficking in confiscated properties in 
Cuba. I believe that this decision best implements the Act's objective 
to enhance human rights and hasten the day when the Cuban people enjoy 
democracy and prosperity.
    This action further enhances our efforts to strengthen international 
cooperation in promoting peaceful democratic change in Cuba. For the 
past 2\1/2\ years, the United States has pursued a strategy, coordinated 
by Under Secretary of State Stu Eizenstat, to increase international 
pressure on the Cuban Government to respect human rights and to begin 
political and economic reforms. We have urged our democratic friends and 
allies to take concrete actions in support of this goal. Encouraged by 
the results, in January 1997 I said that I expected to continue 
suspending this provision of Title III so long as our partners' stepped-
up pro-democracy efforts continued.
    Over the past 6 months, the Cuban Government has heard a more 
concerted message from the international community in support of 
democracy. A number of national leaders have publicly and privately 
pressed senior Cuban officials on the need for human rights and 
democracy. While visiting Cuba, they have spoken openly of the need for 
change, and they have met with and given important encouragement to pro-
democracy human rights activists. In international forums, our friends 
in Latin America and Europe have been explicit in their condemnation of 
Cuba's deplorable human rights situation. The European Union has renewed 
its Common Position on Cuba, calling for ``a peaceful transition to 
pluralist democracy, the respect for human rights and fundamental 
freedoms.'' The senior-level report made at the U.S.-EU Summit last 
month stressed our joint efforts to promote such a transition in Cuba. 
This partnership has succeeded in increasing international pressure on 
Cuba to respect human rights and make fundamental reforms. 
Nongovernmental organizations have augmented their efforts as well. A 

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