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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, March 27, 2000
Volume 36--Number 12
Pages 577-631

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

        Joypura, visitors in Dhaka--586
        State dinner hosted by President Ahmed in Dhaka--589
        Business community in Hyderabad--619
        Business reception in Mumbai--625
        Dairy cooperative in Nayla village--615
        Indo-U.S. Joint Statement on Energy and the Environment, signing 
            ceremony in Agra--611
        Mahavir Trust Hospital in Hyderabad--617
        Parliament, joint session in New Delhi--605
        State dinner hosted by President Narayanan in New Delhi--599
        Village council in Nayla village--616
    Radio address--581
    Saint Patrick's Day--577, 580

Bill Signings

    Open-market Reorganization for the Betterment of International 
        Telecommunications Act, statement--578

Communications to Congress

    Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, letter on non-implementation of 
        memorandum of understanding--579

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Bangladesh-U.S. peaceful nuclear cooperation agreement, message 
        transmitting report--588
    Gun control legislation, letter--589
    International Plant Protection Convention with documentation, 
        message transmitting--615
    National Endowment for the Humanities, message transmitting report--
    National Science Foundation, message transmitting reports--615
    Social Security reform legislation, letter--599

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Sanctions on India, memorandum--582

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in Agra, India--611
    Interview with Peter Jennings of ABC's ``World News Tonight'' in New 
    News conferences
        March 20 (No. 187) with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of 
            Bangladesh in Dhaka--583
        March 21 (No. 188) with Prime Minister Vajpayee of India in New 
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Hyderabad, India, on March 24, 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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Joint Statements

    Agreed Principles: Institutional Dialogue Between the United States 
        and India--596
    Joint Statement on U.S.-India Relations: A Vision for the 21st 

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

        President Ahmed--589
        Prime Minister Hasina--583, 586
        President Narayanan--599
        Prime Minister Vajpayee--590, 594, 596, 605
    Ireland, Prime Minister Ahern--577, 580


    Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.--624

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    North Atlantic Treaty Organization Operations in Southeast Europe--
    Nowruz observance--587
    Senate action on Social Security reform legislation--614
    Supreme Court's decision on tobacco regulation--598
    Taiwan, election of Chen Shui-bian as President--582

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--631
    Checklist of White House press releases--630
    Digest of other White House announcements--628
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--629

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Monday, March 27, 2000
Volume 36--Number 12
Pages 577-631
Week Ending Friday, March 24, 2000
Remarks at a Saint Patrick's Day Ceremony With Prime Minister Bertie 
Ahern of Ireland

March 17, 2000

    Thank you very much. Thank you, Taoiseach, for your words and your 
leadership, for the shamrocks, and the beautiful Irish crystal. Upstairs 
in our Residence, there is so much Irish crystal now that sometimes I 
have guests from other countries that ask me if I've ever been anywhere 
but Ireland. [Laughter] But I will treasure this always.
    I don't suppose the saints in Heaven spend time boasting about their 
earthly achievements, but if they do, I imagine the other saints can 
bear no more bragging from Saint Patrick, for no nation has ever lived 
up more fully to the virtues of its patron saint than has Ireland.
    Saint Patrick has been described as one of the great saints of the 
downtrodden and the excluded. And the legendary, large-hearted Irish 
people are famous for reaching out to the world's less fortunate.
    Whenever the troubled places of the Earth have called out for help, 
the Irish have answered the call. Always among the first in economic 
assistance, disaster relief, peacekeeping. Indeed, in the past four 
decades, there has never been a day, not a single day, that Irish troops 
have not stood watch for peace on some distant shore.
    All of you have paid a price for this, like all of Ireland. I was 
saddened by the recent deaths of four young Irish soldiers serving with 
the United Nations in Lebanon. As Ireland has committed itself to the 
cause of peace around the world, it is right that the world, and 
especially the United States, should commit ourselves to the cause of 
peace in Ireland.
    I repeat today the promise I made in Dublin 4 years ago: America 
will be with you as you walk the road to peace. We are conscious that 
Ireland, along with the other parties to the Good Friday accord, made 
fundamental and principled compromises in the effort to secure a lasting 
peace. That agreement remains the very best hope we have ever had for 
achieving peace, and I still believe it will succeed.
    And the model of the Good Friday accord represents not just hope for 
Northern Ireland but hope for so many stricken areas all across the 
Earth now suffering from sectarian violence. As extraordinary as 
Ireland's record is in exporting peace and peacekeepers to troubled 
areas of the Earth, nothing will compare to the gift Ireland gives the 
world if you can make your own peace permanent and meet the urgent need 
of the world for proof that a path to peace can be found.
    In the sixth year of Saint Patrick's enslavement he was awakened by 
a mysterious voice that said: ``Your hungers are rewarded. You are going 
home. Look, your ship is ready.''
    His fateful response to depart immediately and seek his destiny set 
in motion his vocation to study, to learn, and then return to Ireland to 
bring faith and peace. By the persuasive force of the spirit, he began 
to change the warring traditions of the Irish tribes. But his 
accomplishments, great as they are, remain, after all these centuries, 
    And so, I say to you, Taoiseach, your ship is ready. In the smiling 
eyes of the Irish child, you have all the cause you will ever need to 
intensify the search for peace. I hope all the leaders and people of 
Ireland will follow your lead. I hope all those in Northern Ireland, 
especially, will heed this call. We must fulfill the pastoral mission of 
Saint Patrick. Nothing is more fitting on this Saint Patrick's Day.
    Thank you very much.

 Note:  The President spoke at approximately 4:15 p.m. in the Roosevelt 
Room at the White House. The transcript released by the Office of the 
Press Secretary also included the remarks of Prime Minister Ahern. This 
item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue.

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Monday, March 27, 2000
Volume 36--Number 12
Pages 577-631
Week Ending Friday, March 24, 2000
Statement on Signing the Open-market Reorganization for the Betterment 
of International Telecommunications Act

March 17, 2000

    Today I have signed into law S. 376, the ``Open-market 
Reorganization for the Betterment of International Telecommunications 
Act.'' S. 376 amends the Communications Satellite Act of 1962 to 
establish a statutory framework for the privatization of the 
International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) and 
the International Mobile Satellite Organization (Inmarsat).
    In partnership with the Congress, my Administration has worked 
aggressively over the last 6 years to promote the pro-competitive 
privatization of these intergovernmental satellite organizations. As a 
result of our efforts and changing commercial conditions, in 1995, 
Inmarsat spun off new business activities into a private United Kingdom 
(U.K.) corporation, ICO Global Communications Ltd., and, in 1999, 
Inmarsat privatized its remaining business activities as a U.K. 
corporation. In 1998, INTELSAT spun off five satellites into a private 
Netherlands corporation, New Skies Satellites, N.V. And last October, 
INTELSAT's 143 member governments agreed to fully privatize by early 
    My Administration's goal is to ensure that a privatized INTELSAT 
will compete fairly and fully with other international 
telecommunications companies, thus benefiting consumers through greater 
innovation, lower prices, and more service options. Fair competition 
requires a level playing field; INTELSAT must not retain advantages that 
result from its former intergovernmental status or that are unavailable 
to other satellite competitors, including any preferential access to 

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