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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, June 28, 1999
Volume 35--Number 25
Pages 1141-1188

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Albania, videotape address to people--1163
    Germany, American community in Bonn--1154
    Italy, Operation Allied Force troops at Aviano Air Base--1171
    KFOR, Russian participation--1141
        KFOR troops in Skopje--1169
        Kosovar refugees at Stenkovic I refugee camp in Skopje--1168
    Presidential scholars--1177
    Radio address--1142
        Dinner hosted by President Kucan in Ljubljana--1166
        People of Ljubljana--1165

Communications to Congress

    Canada-U.S. atomic energy agreement, message transmitting protocol--
    Lapse of the Export Administration Act of 1979, message on 
        continuation of the national emergency--1175

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission, message transmitting report--1175
    Weapons of mass destruction, message on continuation of the national 

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Canada-U.S. atomic energy agreement, memorandum on protocol--1174

Executive Orders

    Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Chemical 
        Weapons Convention Implementation Act--1185

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Slovenia, Ljubljana--1164
        Wolf Blitzer of Cable News Network's ``Late Edition'' in 
        Yevgeniy Kiselev of Russia's NTV in Cologne--1149
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Joint Statements

    Joint Statement Between the U.S. and the Russian Federation 
        Concerning Strategic Offensive and Defensive Arms and Further 
        Strengthening of Stability--1153
    U.S.-European Union Summit Statement on Ukraine--1164

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    European Union leaders--1157
    Germany, Chancellor Schroeder--1157
        President Gligorov--1167
        Prime Minister Georgievski--1167
        President Kucan--1165, 1166
        Prime Minister Drnovsek--1164, 1165

Statements by the President

    ``Employment Non-Discrimination Act,'' proposed--1175
    Federal Reserve Board action on information collection on loan 

Statements by the President--Continued

    G-7 agreement to help poor nations--1141
    House action on the ``Foster Care Independence Act of 1999''--1184
    Presidents Cup, accepting the invitation to serve as honorary 
    Senate action on steel imports limitation legislation--1170
    Supreme Court decision on the Americans with Disabilities Act--1170
    Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, 27th anniversary--1173

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1188
    Checklist of White House press releases--1188
    Digest of other White House announcements--1186
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1187

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Volume 35--Number 25
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Week Ending Friday, June 25, 1999
Statement on the G-7 Agreement To Help Poor Nations

June 18, 1999

    The G-7 agreement we reached today is an historic step to help the 
world's poorest nations achieve sustained growth and independence while 
targeting new resources for poverty reduction, education, and combating 
AIDS. It represents a sound, humane effort to promote widely shared 
prosperity in the new millennium.

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Monday, June 28, 1999
Volume 35--Number 25
Pages 1141-1188
Week Ending Friday, June 25, 1999
Remarks on the Agreement on Russian Participation in KFOR and an 
Exchange With Reporters in Cologne, Germany

June 18, 1999

    The President. Let me say, first of all, how pleased I am and 
appreciative I am for the efforts made by Secretary Cohen and Defense 
Minister Sergeyev to reach the agreement under which the Russian forces 
will join KFOR in Kosovo.
    I have been briefed on the terms of the agreement. They provide for 
unity of command. They provide for a significant range of 
responsibilities for the Russians, which I think are entirely 
appropriate and will enhance the mission's effectiveness. And I am fully 
supportive of this agreement and very pleased by it.
    This has been a good day. We are achieving our objectives now. We 
know that we have 35,000 Serb forces out, 19,000 KFOR forces in. Now we 
have the agreement with the Russians, and the Kosovars are going home. 
So I feel very good and very grateful for this.
    And again, I know that Secretary Cohen and Mr. Sergeyev have worked 
very hard, and I'd also like to thank Secretary Albright and Foreign 
Minister Ivanov, because I know they've been also in Helsinki working 
away. So I'm very pleased.
    Q. What will the Russian troops be doing, and why is it significant 
that they would not control a sector of their own?
    The President. Well, for one--the main reason is they are actually 
needed in more than one sector.
    Q. Why?
    The President. Because even though the Serb population of Kosovo is 
concentrated primarily in one north central sector and then a 
northeastern sector, they're actually--the religious and cultural sites 
are spread throughout the country and there are pockets of Serbs 
throughout the country, and we think it's quite important that every 
effort be made to secure both the physical sites and the personal 
security of the Serb minority, as well as the Kosovar-Albanian majority. 
And we think it will give confidence to them if the Russians are in more 
than one sector.
    Q. Will the Russians answer to the NATO commanders?
    The President. They have worked out their agreements on unity of 
command, and Secretary Cohen and Mr. Sergeyev are discussing it now--I 
think the briefing is going on now, so there's no point in my trying to 
answer their questions for them. They'd do a better job than I would, 
and if made a mistake just have to clean it up.
    Q. Is this better than Bosnia, sir?

House of Representatives Action on 
Gun Control Legislation

    Q. The House vote to kill the gun legislation--was that inevitable 
to kill the legislation because of changes the House wanted to make on 
gun control and the background checks?
    The President. Did they do that today?
    Q. I think they're about to.
    The President. They're going to kill it all?
    Q. They have killed it all.

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    Q. They have.
    The President. Well, then maybe that means we'll go back to square 
one and pass a good bill.
    Q. What happened? A month ago it was so different, wasn't it?
    The President. They made a--the decision made by the leadership not 
to act before Memorial Day gave people--gave the NRA time to mobilize 
and lobby and put pressure on the House, and gave people's attention 
time to wander from the heartbreak of Littleton and the determination to 
do something about it.
    But I think people still feel very strongly that there's more we can 
do to protect our children, and my attention hasn't wandered. I've been 
working on this for years, and I've seen a lot of ups and downs, so I'm 
more than happy to keep at it. And I would just urge all the advocates 
of sensible legislation to keep their spirits up and keep working and 
keep fighting. And I'll be there with them, and we'll get some things 

Russian Participation in KFOR

    Q. Is this more than Bosnia for the Russians, Mr. President? Is this 
an enhanced role than what they had in Bosnia?
    The President. Yes, I would say so, because--but it's different. You 
see, in Bosnia, we shared a sector in Bosnia, and we worked very well 
together. I think all of our people will tell you they were very well 
pleased. And then the French had a sector and the British had a sector, 
and there were lots of other countries involved, just as there will be 
here. There will be nearly 30 countries involved.
    But the--we didn't have the same dynamic here. We've got just two 
ethnic groups, and the Serbs are a small minority, but they're a 
substantial number of people and they're spread out. You know, of 
course, I hope that conditions will be such that those ordinary 

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