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Monday, November 25, 1996
Volume 32--Number 47
Pages 2405-2428

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Addresses and Remarks

            Luncheon at Parliament House--2413
        Community in Sydney--2419
        International Coral Reef Initiative in Port Douglas--2423
    Radio address--2405

Communications to Congress

    Federal locality-based pay, letter transmitting alternative plan--

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in Canberra, Australia--2407
    News conference with Prime Minister Howard of Australia in Canberra, 
        November 20 (No. 131)--2408

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Australia, Prime Minister Howard--2407, 2408, 2413, 2414, 2419


    National Family Week--2406

    National Great American Smokeout Day--2422

    Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who 
        Are Members or Officials of the Sudanese Government or Armed 

Statements by the President

    Dayton accords, anniversary--2423

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2428

    Checklist of White House press releases--2428

    Digest of other White House announcements--2427

    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2428

Editor's Note: The President was in Australia on November 22, 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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Monday, November 25, 1996
Volume 32--Number 47
Pages 2405-2428
Week Ending Friday, November 22, 1996
The President's Radio Address

November 16, 1996

    Good morning. As I've said many times, America is the world's 
indispensable nation, the one the world looks to for leadership because 
of our strength and our values. This week I've taken two important 
decisions that are part of America's responsibilities in the world. The 
first is agreement, in principle, for our troops to take limited part in 
a mission to ease the suffering in Zaire. The second is approval, again 
in principle, for our troops to be part of a follow-on security presence 
in Bosnia. Today I want to tell you why our role in these missions 
    Two years ago, following genocide in Rwanda, more than a million 
Rwandan refugees fled for Zaire. Recently their plight has worsened as 
fighting among militant forces has driven them from their camps. Relief 
agencies have been unable to provide food and water. Disease is breaking 
    As the world's most powerful nation, we cannot turn our back when so 
many people, especially so many innocent children, are at mortal risk. 
That is why, when Canada proposed to lead an international humanitarian 
force, I agreed that, under appropriate circumstances, America would 
participate. I've set out clear conditions for American participation to 
minimize risk and give our troops the best possible chance to make a 
    The mission's aim must be to speed delivery of humanitarian aid and 
to help refugees who want to go home. Our contribution will reflect our 
special capabilities, such as providing airport security and helping to 
airlift forces. We know the mission is not risk-free, but hundreds of 
thousands of people are in desperate need. This is the right thing to 
    In Bosnia, because of our leadership, nearly 4 years of brutal war 
are over, and American troops, through the NATO-led force called IFOR, 
have helped to create conditions in which the Bosnians could start to 
rebuild. IFOR has completed its mission more successfully than anyone 
expected, ending the fighting, separating the forces, creating security 
for democratic elections. But these remarkable achievements on the 
military side have not been matched, despite all our efforts, by similar 
progress on the civilian side.
    Rebuilding the fabric of Bosnia's political and economic life is 
taking more time than anticipated. NATO has been studying options to 
help give the Bosnian people more time with a new security presence in 
Bosnia when IFOR withdraws. Having carefully reviewed these options, I 
have agreed that America should take part.
    Before making a commitment, I must be satisfied that the new mission 
is clear, is limited, and is achievable. Its focus should be preventing 
a renewal of fighting so that reconstruction and reconciliation can 
accelerate. That will require a strong but limited military presence in 
Bosnia, able to respond quickly and decisively to any cease-fire 
violations. This new mission will be more limited than IFOR, charged 
with maintaining the stability that IFOR created.
    Our military planners believe the mission will require less than 
half the troops our Nation contributed to IFOR, about 8,500. There will 
be an American commander and tough rules of engagement, and every 6 
months we will review whether stability can be upheld with fewer forces.
    By the end of 1997, we expect to draw down to a much smaller 
deterrent force, half the initial size. We will propose to our NATO 
allies that by June 1998 the mission's work should be done, and the 
force should be able to withdraw.
    As Zaire and Bosnia remind us, differences among people can fuel the 
most vicious and violent hatreds. Whether these differences are ethnic, 
tribal or religious, the result is tragedy and despair. In our own 
country, we

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have seen the price we all pay whenever discrimination and hatred occur. 
But we also know how much is possible when people find unity and 
strength in their diversity. The world looks to America as a living 
example of how people can triumph over hatred and fear and come together 
as one nation under God.
    This week, we lost a great American who taught us the importance of 
this lesson and whom people all over the world looked up to as the 
embodiment of the values that keep America strong, Cardinal Joseph 
Bernardin of Chicago. As one of the most influential Roman Catholics in 
modern history, Cardinal Bernardin devoted himself to bringing out the 
best in humanity. He taught us that what unites us is more important 
than what divides us, that we can meet our challenges, but only by 
coming together across our differences. As he said shortly before he 
died, ``It is wrong to waste the precious gift of time given to us on 
acrimony and division.''
    This true man of God spent his entire life helping people to find 
their way to common ground. That was, in fact, the project he was most 
involved with when he died, the common-ground project to unite Catholics 
of different views. Hillary and I counted him as our friend, and we'll 
miss him very much.
    So let us all strive to find that common ground where all Americans 
can stand in dignity and help one another make the most of their dreams, 
and let us be ready to share our strength when our values and our 
interests demand it, with others around the world who need a hand to 
help themselves to reach their dreams.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 1:02 p.m. on November 15 in the Oval 
Office at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 16.

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Monday, November 25, 1996
Volume 32--Number 47
Pages 2405-2428
Week Ending Friday, November 22, 1996
Proclamation 6956--National Family Week, 1996

November 19, 1996

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Our families are among the great blessings we acknowledge each year 
at Thanksgiving.
    The influence of the family is profound. Families provide essential 
nurturing and unconditional love; share their values, wisdom, and 
religious convictions; and give their members the hope and self-
confidence they need to succeed. They form the foundation from which our 
Nation draws its strength and upon which we build our national 
    If our country is to succeed in the 21st century and beyond, we must 
commit ourselves now to ensuring the health and well-being of the 
American family. Parents, educators, business, religious, and community 
leaders must work together to strengthen our Nation's families. 
Government policies at the Federal, State, and local levels must support 
families with compassion and a willingness to give all Americans the 
tools they need to make the most of their own lives.
    We must create economic opportunity so that hardworking parents can 
provide for their children and succeed both at work and at home. We must 
give our families safe neighborhoods in which to grow, free from guns 
and gangs, drugs and violence. We must reinforce parents' efforts to set 
a good example by helping to protect their children from the corrosive 
influences of alcohol and tobacco and to limit their exposure to 
explicit sexuality and violence in the entertainment media.
    In doing so, we will reaffirm the vital lessons of love, 
responsibility, and compassion that so many of us have been fortunate to 
learn in our own families, and ensure that those lessons are passed on 
to the generations to come.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America,

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by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of 
the United States, do hereby proclaim November 24 through November 30, 
1996, as National Family Week. I call upon all Americans to celebrate 
our Nation's families with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day 
of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-six, 
and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred 
and twenty-first.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:28 a.m., November 20, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
November 21.

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Monday, November 25, 1996
Volume 32--Number 47
Pages 2405-2428
Week Ending Friday, November 22, 1996
Exchange With Reporters Prior to a Meeting With Prime Minister John 
Howard of Australia in Canberra, Australia

November 20, 1996

[The exchange is joined in progress.]

President's Cup Golf Tournament

    Prime Minister Howard. ----I signed off a letter the other day 
trying to--and we're very keen for it to come here.
    President Clinton. I've told the PGA that I thought it was a good 
idea not to keep it always in the United States, that I thought it would 
be a good idea to bring it here.

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