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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, May 28, 2001 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Pages 777-813 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Connecticut, commencement address at Yale University in New Haven-- 784 Cuban Independence Day--777 Hispanic faith-based organizations, leaders--788 Hispanic Scholarship Fund--786 Indiana, commencement address at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame--779 Maryland, commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis--804 Military reenlistment ceremony--797 Ohio, St. Augustine Parish community in Cleveland--798 Radio address--778 Republican National Committee gala--791 Bill Signings Animal Disease Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Control Act of 2001, statement--804 Communications to Congress Bosnia and Herzegovina, message transmitting report on achieving benchmarks for a sustainable peace process--809 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), the Bosnian Serbs, and Kosovo, messages on the national emergency--802, 804 Sierra Leone, message on action prohibiting the importation of rough diamonds--795 U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa and Implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, message transmitting report--784 Executive Orders Additional Measures With Respect to Prohibiting the Importation of Rough Diamonds From Sierra Leone--794 Letters and Messages National Missing Children's Day, message--809 Notices Continuation of Emergency With Respect to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) the Bosnian Serbs, and Kosovo--801 Proclamations National Hurricane Awareness Week--790 National Maritime Day--783 Prayer For Peace, Memorial Day--808 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Andrei Sakharov, 80th anniversary of birth--786 House of Representatives action on education reform legislation--798 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--813 Checklist of White House press releases--812 Digest of other White House announcements--809 Nominations submitted to the Senate--811 Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on May 25, 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. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 777]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 777-778] Pages 777-813 Week Ending Friday, May 25, 2001 Remarks in Recognition of Cuban Independence Day May 18, 2001 Sientese. [Laughter] Bienvenidos a la casa de todos que--quien viven en este grande pais. Welcome to the White House. Mr. Secretary, you were an easy pick. [Laughter] There's no question you do a fabulous job on behalf of America. Thank you for taking the assignment. Another member of my team who is here who helps us have a strong and certain foreign policy is Senorita Condoleezza Arroz. [Laughter] That means ``Rice.'' [Laughter] Senator Graham, thank you for being here. We're honored by your presence. I know you're a strong friend of Cuba's. And of course, to-- and it's great that Ileana and Lincoln are with us, as well. Thank you. I noticed when Gloria sang the Cuban anthem, that the first two people on their feet were the two Congresspeople from south Florida. And Lincoln, I did notice that you were braced at attention, too, I might add--proud. So it's great to have you all here. Gloria, thank you very much. Sorry you brought your husband--no. [Laughter] We love Emilio. He's a good man. And Gloria, thank you for coming and bringing tu ninita. Thank you all for being here. We love your music. Your husband has been such a good friend of me and my family, and so have you. The great poet--man, you must be a strong person with a beautiful heart and a wonderful, artistic touch. Angel, welcome to the White House. And Lizebet, thank you for coming. I don't think many in America know your story, that you were picked up on a raft, and you played the national anthem on your violin when you were picked up. That's beautiful. And finally--por fin, ``la Voz''--[laughter]--Jon Secada. Thank you, Jon, for being here. I appreciate you very much. Glad you're here. It's a great honor for me to welcome you all to the White House to celebrate May 20th, Cuban Independence Day. It's a day when we honor the warm family ties, the faith, the history, and heritage that unite our two peoples. As Angel and Lizebet and so many others remind us, it is a day when we pay thanks to the magnificent contributions of Cubans to our national life. They enrich every field, from science to industry to the arts, including my favorite performing art--baseball. [Laughter] But mostly, today is a day when we reflect on the greatnesses of Cuba's far-too- distant past and the brightness of its future, of how, together, we can hasten that future's arrival. Just last month I returned from the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City. Thirty-four democratic nations committed ourselves to building a hemisphere of freedom. But one nation was not there, because that nation has a leader who has no place at the democratic table. Indeed, his nation is not free, but enslaved. He is the last holdout of the hemisphere, and time is not on his side. The Cuban independence we celebrate today was the product of the enormous courage of the Cuban people and the statesmanship of leaders such as Jose Marti. The tyranny that rules Cuba today stands as an insult to their sacrifices. But we're confident in one fact: Cuban courage is more powerful and enduring than Castro's legacy and tyranny. Our Nation has an economic embargo against Castro's regime. But today, of all days, it is important for us to remember that our goal is not to have an embargo against Cuba; it is freedom in Cuba. The United States welcomes the opportunity to trade with Cuba when there are entrepreneurs who are free to trade with us. We welcome the opportunity to build diplomatic relations with Cuba when the Cuban Government is a democracy, when the Cuban people can be free from fear to say [[Page 778]] what they think and choose who shall govern them. The sanctions our Government enforces against the Castro regime are not just a policy tool; they're a moral statement. My administration will oppose any attempt to weaken sanctions against Cuba's Government until the regime--and I will fight such attempts until this regime frees its political prisoners, holds democratic, free elections, and allows for free speech. The policy of our Government is not merely to isolate Castro but to actively support those working to bring about democratic change in Cuba. And that is why we will support legislation like the ``Cuban Solidarity Act'' and the ``Cuban Internal Opposition Assistance Act.'' History tells us that forcing change upon repressive regimes requires patience. But history also proves, from Poland to South Africa, that patience and courage and resolve can eventually cause oppressive governments to fear and then to fall. One of the surest ways to foster freedom is to give people unlimited access to unbiased information. The strongest walls of oppression can't stand when the floodgates of modern telecommunications are opened. We must explore ways to expand access to the Internet for the average Cuban citizen. And we must strengthen the voices of Radio and TV Marti, with strong leadership. And we will strengthen those voices with strong leadership and new direction. Today I say this to Mr. Castro: If you are confident your ideas are right, then stop jamming the broadcasts of those whose ideas are different. And until you do, we will look for ways to use new technology, from new locations to counter your silencing of the voices of liberty. Last month the U.N. Human Rights Commission called on Castro's regime to respect the basic human rights of all its people. The United States leadership was responsible for passage of that resolution. Some say we paid a heavy price for it. But let me be clear: I'm very proud of what we did. And repressed people around the world must know this about the United States: We might not sit on some Commission, but we will always be the world's leader in support of human rights. Today, all our citizens are proud to stand with all Cubans and all Cuban-Americans who love freedom. We will continue to stand with you until that day, hopefully not in the too-distant future, when all Cubans breathe the heady air of liberty. We are proud to stand with those Cubans who, today, enrich our Nation with their energies and industry. We're proud to stand with the farmers and workers of Cuba who dream of liberty's blessings. We are proud to stand, too, with those who are suffering and dying in jails because they had the courage to speak the truth. Y aqui en este Casa Blanca, estamos felices de cultivar ``una rosa blanca en Julio como en Enero.'' Y por fin, viva Cuba libre. Thank you all. Note: The President spoke at 3:30 p.m. in the East Room at the White House. In his remarks, he referred to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Mel R. Martinez; Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Diaz-Balart; entertainers Gloria and Emilio Estefan; poet Angel Cuadra; musician Lizebet Martinez; singer Jon Secada; and President Fidel Castro of Cuba. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 778-779] Pages 777-813 Week Ending Friday, May 25, 2001 The President's Radio Address May 19, 2001 Good morning. This week I outlined a new energy strategy for our Nation--more than 100 specific recommendations to promote energy conservation, enlarge and diversify our energy supply, and modernize the networks that link energy producers to energy consumers. We need to act to protect family budgets. Since 1998, the energy bill of the average family has skyrocketed by 25 percent. That's a hardship for every family. We need to act to prevent more and more widespread blackouts. Blackouts disrupt businesses and put public health and safety at risk. We need to act to reduce our reliance on foreign crude oil. And if we fail to act, our environment will suffer, as
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