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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, July 28, 1997
Volume 33--Number 30
Pages 1105-1129

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Budget team, meeting--1109
    Childhood immunization initiative--1113
    Climate change, discussion--1116
    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reception--1113
    Radio address--1107
    Virginia, National Association of Elementary School Principals in 

Appointments and Nominations

    White House Office, Special Counselor to the President, statement--

Communications to Congress

    ``Immigration Reform Transition Act of 1997,'' message transmitting 
        proposed legislation--1120
    Mongolia, most-favored-nation trade status, message transmitting 

Executive Orders

    Further Amendment to Executive Order 13017, Advisory Commission on 
        Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry--

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--1109

Joint Statements

    Republic of Georgia-United States relations--1105

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    President Shevardnadze of the Republic of Georgia--1105


    Captive Nations Week--1106
    Death of William J. Brennan, Jr.--1118
    National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 1997--1125
    Parents' Day, 1997--1125

Statements by the President

    See also Appointments and nominations
    Boeing-McDonnell Douglas merger, European Union approval--1116
    Fast track legislation, coordination--1119
    ``Immigration Reform Transition Act of 1997''--1119
    Northern Ireland, cease-fire--1108
    Religous freedom report--1112
    White House Conference on Child Care, announcement--1116

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1129
    Checklist of White House press releases--1128
    Digest of other White House announcements--1126
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1127


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Volume 33--Number 30
Pages 1105-1129
Week Ending Friday, July 25, 1997
Joint Statement on Republic of Georgia-United States Relations

July 18, 1997

    During their July 18, 1997 meeting in Washington, Presidents Clinton 
and Shevardnadze underscored the special importance they attach to the 
close and productive relationship between the United States and Georgia. 
They committed to work together actively to expand cooperation 
throughout the foreign policy, security, economic and commercial 
spheres. The Presidents noted that the growing U.S.-Georgia partnership 
is firmly based on common goals and values and reflects the national 
interests of both states.
    President Clinton praised President Shevardnadze's staunch 
leadership in vigorously implementing democratic and free-market 
principles, which has made Georgia a model of political and economic 
reform among the new independent states. President Clinton underscored 
the full support of the United States for the efforts of the Georgian 
government and parliament in pursuing reform in recent years. Georgia's 
continued commitment to democratization and respect for human rights 
will only further strengthen the warm ties between the two states and 
    The two Presidents noted positively the contribution to Georgia's 
reform efforts made by U.S. technical and humanitarian assistance. 
President Clinton pledged continued robust support for Georgia's 
    The Presidents called for expanded cooperation, both bilateral and 
multilateral, to promote Georgia's further integration into emerging 
European security structures. They expressed satisfaction with the entry 
into force on May 15, 1997 of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe 
(CFE) Flank Document. President Clinton encouraged Georgia's active 
involvement in NATO's new Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC). He 
also expressed strong commitment to assisting Georgia's efforts to 
address non-proliferation and export control concerns and to develop a 
modern military under civilian control and a viable border guard.
    President Clinton reaffirmed U.S. support for Georgia's territorial 
integrity and a peaceful settlement to the tragic conflict in Abkhazia. 
The United States and Georgia support the early resumption of 
negotiations on Abkhazia, under the aegis of the UN, with Russia as 
facilitator and the participation of the OSCE and the other Friends of 
Georgia countries--France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United 
    The two Presidents agreed on the need to expand commercial relations 
between the United States and Georgia, including higher levels of trade 
and investment. In support of these goals, the instruments of 
ratification for the U.S.-Georgia Bilateral Investment Treaty were 
exchanged during the visit. The two sides agree to continue close 
cooperation in support of Georgia's rapid accession to the World Trade 
Organization on commercial terms generally applied to newly acceding 
members, which will further Georgia's integration into the global 
    President Clinton praised Georgia's efforts to strengthen regional 
cooperation in the Caucasus, including its strong support for the 
Eurasian transport corridor. The Presidents agreed that this project is 
vitally important to the economic future not only of Georgia, but the 
region as a whole.

Note: An original was not available for verification of the content of 
this joint statement. This item was not received in time for publication 
in the appropriate issue.

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Volume 33--Number 30
Pages 1105-1129
Week Ending Friday, July 25, 1997
Proclamation 7012--Captive Nations Week, 1997

July 18, 1997

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    From its earliest days as a Nation, America has been a champion of 
freedom and human dignity. Our Declaration of Independence was a ringing 
cry against ``the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these 
States'' and affirmed the revolutionary concept that governments derive 
their powers from the free consent of those they govern. For more than 
two centuries our Bill of Rights has guaranteed such basic human rights 
as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and 
freedom from arbitrary arrest. With such a history and heritage, we can 
feel only outrage that millions of people around the world still suffer 
beneath the shadow of oppression, their rights routinely violated by 
their own governments and leaders.
    Almost four decades ago, our Nation observed the first Captive 
Nations Week to express formally our solidarity with the oppressed 
peoples of the world. Since that time, thanks to our steadfast advocacy 
for democratic reform and universal human rights, and the courage and 
determination of countless men and women around the globe, the world's 
political landscape has undergone a remarkable transformation. Nations 
once dominated by the Soviet Union and its satellite governments have 
blossomed into new democracies, establishing free market economies and 
free societies that respect individual rights. Families and countrymen 
once divided by walls and barbed wire, now walk together in the fresh 
air of liberty. The unprecedented gathering of 44 countries at the Euro-
Atlantic Partnership Council meeting earlier this month in Madrid 
symbolizes how far we have come in building a stable, democratic, and 
undivided Europe.
    Yet while countries like Poland, Romania, and Estonia are no longer 
among the ranks of captive nations, too many others are still held 
hostage by tyranny, and new nations still fall victim to the scourge of 
oppression. Tragically, even as the wave of freedom and democratic 
reform sweeps across Eastern and Central Europe, former Soviet bloc 
countries, and nations in South America, Asia, and Africa, there are 
still governments that derive their strength, not from the consent of 
their citizens, but from terror, repression, and exploitation. Too many 
leaders still fuel the fires of racial, ethnic, and religious hatred; 
too many people still suffer from ignorance, prejudice, and brutality.
    As we observe Captive Nations Week this year, let us reaffirm our 
commitment to the American ideals of freedom and justice. Let us 
strengthen our resolve to promote respect for human rights and self-
determination for women and men of every nationality, creed, and race. 
Let us continue to speak out for those who have no voice. It is our 
Nation's obligation to do so, as the world's best hope for lasting peace 
and freedom and as a source of enduring inspiration to oppressed peoples 
    The Congress, by Joint Resolution approved July 17, 1959 (73 Stat. 
212), has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation 
designating the third week in July of each year as ``Captive Nations 
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, do hereby proclaim July 20 through July 26, 1997, as 
Captive Nations Week. I call upon the people of the United States to 
observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities and to 
rededicate ourselves to supporting the cause of human rights, liberty, 
peace, and self-determination for all the peoples of the world.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day 
of July, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-seven, and 
of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and 
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:38 a.m., July 21, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on July 
22. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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