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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, March 25, 1996 Volume 32--Number 12 Pages 505-547 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Budget, fiscal year 1997--529 Independent Insurance Agents of America legislative conference--535 Louisiana Community in Alexandria--528 Community at Fort Polk--526 Nashville Wharf dedication in New Orleans--521 Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, CA, branch opening--520 National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids--531 Radio address--512 Saint Patrick's Day Reception--509 Shamrock presentation ceremony--505 United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Conference--514 Bill Signings Continuing resolutions 10th, statement--512 11th, statement--544 Tax benefit legislation for Operation Joint Endeavor military personnel, statement--534 Communications to Congress Haiti, letter reporting--542 Product liability, letter on proposed legislation--514 Science, technology and American diplomacy, letter transmitting report--534 Communications to Federal Agencies Funds for international financial institutions and organizations, memorandum--531 Executive Orders Administrative Allegations Against Inspectors General--538 Executive Orders--Continued Continuing the President's Committee on Mental Retardation and Broadening Its Membership and Responsibilities--540 President's Council on Counter-Narcotics--511 Joint Statements South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, statement by France, United Kingdom, and the United States--544 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Old Executive Office Building, Room 450--529 Oval Office--537 Roosevelt Room--509, 535 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Haiti, President Preval--537 Ireland, Prime Minister Bruton--505, 509 Proclamations Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy--543 Women's History Month--530 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Farm bill--544 General Motors strike, tentative agreement--538 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--547 Checklist of White House press releases--547 Digest of other White House announcements--545 Nominations submitted to the Senate--546 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. 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[[Page 505]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 505-509] Monday, March 25, 1996 Volume 32--Number 12 Pages 505-547 Week Ending Friday, March 22, 1996 Remarks at a Ceremony Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day With Prime Minister John Bruton of Ireland and an Exchange With Reporters March 15, 1996 President Clinton. Mr. Prime Minister, welcome back to the White House. Prime Minister Bruton. Thank you. And now may I present this bowl of shamrock. President Clinton. Thank you. It's very beautiful. We're delighted to have you here, and we'd be glad for you to make whatever remarks you'd like. Prime Minister Bruton. Mr. President, first of all, this gift of a bowl of shamrock symbolizes an Irish greeting. And it's a greeting, first and foremost, which says thank you, thank you to the United States for making a home for so many generations of Irish people who have come here to participate in the greatest democracy in the world. It's also a way at this particular time of saying thank you to you personally for your contribution to giving us peace in Ireland. The 17 months of the cease-fire during which so many lives were saved, those 17 months would never have come were it not for the courage that you showed and the interest that you took in bringing peace to Ireland. Your interest gave confidence to peacemakers in Ireland, and that interest is something that I believe will be crucial in bringing peace back to Ireland now that it has been, unfortunately, interrupted. I believe that the important thing we need to reestablish the cease- fire has already been achieved. That is the setting of a fixed date for all-party talks, the 10th of June of this year. As we know, those who are concerned about progress in Northern Ireland, those who are concerned from a Republican perspective, a Nationalist perspective, that adequate progress was not being made, were demanding consistently the setting of a fixed and unconditional date for talks. That date has now been set. The talks will start on the 10th of June. Meanwhile, difficult discussions are taking place mapping out the route towards the talks, the various things that need to be done so that talks will start in the best possible atmosphere on the 10th of June. I want to stress that the only qualification required of any party for participation in those talks is that they should not support a campaign of violence. Thus the only qualification required for something that we want very much, which is full Sinn Fein participation in these talks, is the reinstatement of the cease-fire. And I ask the IRA to reinstate the cease-fire so that Sinn Fein will be able to take their unique and deserved part in the talks that will be starting on the 10th of June. I want to say also, from the point of view of the Irish Government, that it is extremely important that these talks, when they start on the 10th of June, do not become logjammed on one item. Of course, the issue of the decommissioning of arms and the very important and difficult questions that were so lucidly dealt with by Senator George Mitchell in his report, of course those are critical issues which must be dealt with in the talks from the very outset and dealt with in a serious way. But I want to say that, from the point of view of the Irish Government, and we will be participating fully in these talks, we're not willing to allow any one item, be it decommissioning or anything else, to prevent progress on other items. We want to see a total and comprehensive engagement on all of the issues across all of the problems by all of the parties. And I want to stress that the goal of these talks is truly ambitious. It is a comprehensive agreement, not an internal settlement within Northern Ireland, a comprehensive settlement dealing with the relations between Britain and Ireland, dealing with relations between Northern Ireland and the rest of Ireland, and of course, instituting justice within [[Page 506]] Northern Ireland and fairness within Northern Ireland itself. What we're aiming at in that three-stranded approach is a system of government for the people of Northern Ireland to which both communities can give equal allegiance. All throughout the world where problems of this nature exist, where there are two communities mixed together with differing national allegiances, the tendency has been in the past for one community to be predominant and the other to be subordinate. What we're looking for in Ireland is something different. It is a system of government where both communities will feel equal, where both will have the same loyalty to the institutions each share and each live under. That's something which I believe that deserves to happen; it deserves to happen in this generation. And I recollect, when I first came to this house, and you, Mr. President--I've given you some shamrock today--you made me a presentation of a book which was entitled ``How the Irish Saved Civilization.'' It was about the role of Irish monks in preserving learning during the Dark Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire. And it quite properly, I think, indicated your realization that we of Irish heritage have a capacity to do some things that affect the whole world. And it's my view that if we in Ireland can devise political institutions, form a society where you have two communities with radically different allegiances, and let us not minimize the differences of allegiance that exist between Unionists and Nationalists, if we have the imagination, the spirit, and the confidence to devise institutions in these talks that will start on the 10th of June, I believe that we, Irish people and people of Irish heritage, will again be contributing a model to the world, a beacon of hope to the world similar to the one to which you drew my attention when you presented me with that most excellent book. Thank you very much, Mr. President. President Clinton. Thank you very much Mr. Prime Minister, Mrs. Bruton, members of the Irish delegation. Senator Mitchell, it's good to have you back. And I want to thank you in the beginning for the beautiful Irish crystal and the shamrocks. Especially this year, I need a shamrock or two--[laughter]--and I will try to put them only to public use. [Laughter] When the Prime Minister hosted me in Ireland last year at Dublin Castle in a room called St. Patrick's Hall, it struck me that he would be back here for St. Patrick's Day. And I'm glad to have him back in this house which was itself designed by an Irishman more than 200 years ago, especially since one in four of all American Presidents trace their roots back to Ireland. I want to thank the Prime Minister for being here especially this year because of the extraordinary physical efforts he has made in the last few days. He first accepted my invitation, along with President Mubarak of Egypt, to join us at Sharm al-Sheikh in Egypt. So he has been to Egypt just in the last couple of days before coming here. And I know he was at an event last night and made a speech. So we certainly can attest to his physical stamina, as well as his leadership ability, and to the evidence that this gives once again to Ireland's willingness to stand for peace, not only within Ireland and in Northern Ireland but throughout the world. And that's something that all of us are very grateful for. I also want to take this opportunity to thank you in front of the American people for the wonderful way you made me and the First Lady feel at home when we were in Ireland. I will never forget that great sea of Irish and American flags on College Green in Dublin. And I will also never forget that I have not yet collected on my golf game at Ballybunion. [Laughter] I expect to be back there as soon as I can. I thank you for also recognizing the importance of the historic bonds between our countries. This Nation is flooded with Irish-Americans in every walk of life, contributing mightily to our welfare and to our future. And just as Irish-Americans love our own country, we also love the land of our ancestors. So there is a fervent and deep desire in this country to do what we can to support the peace that took root in Northern Ireland a year and a half ago, to see it grow stronger, to see it endure. I want to thank two Irish-Americans who have worked so hard for that, our Ambassador, Jean Kennedy Smith, and Senator Mitchell. I thank them for their efforts. [[Page 507]] Let me say that when I was in Northern Ireland last year--the
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