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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, March 27, 2000 Volume 36--Number 12 Pages 577-631 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Bangladesh Joypura, visitors in Dhaka--586 State dinner hosted by President Ahmed in Dhaka--589 India 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-- 614 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 Delhi--600 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 Dehli--590 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued 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 Century--594 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Bangladesh President Ahmed--589 Prime Minister Hasina--583, 586 India President Narayanan--599 Prime Minister Vajpayee--590, 594, 596, 605 Ireland, Prime Minister Ahern--577, 580 Proclamations Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.--624 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings North Atlantic Treaty Organization Operations in Southeast Europe-- 623 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 [[Page 577]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 577] 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, incomplete. 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. [[Page 578]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 578-579] 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 2001. 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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