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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, November 28, 1994 Volume 30--Number 47 Pages 2417-2434 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Bosnia--2417 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade--2433 Thanksgiving turkey presentation ceremony--2432 Welcoming ceremony for President Kuchma of Ukraine--2421 Communications to Congress Bosnia, letter--2431 Executive Orders Expedited Naturalization of Aliens and Noncitizen Nationals Who Served in an Active-Duty Status During the Persian Gulf Conflict--2430 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oval Office--2417 Rose Garden--2432 News conference with President Kuchma of Ukraine, November 22 (No. 82)--2422 Joint Statements Future Aerospace Cooperation Between the United States and Ukraine-- 2430 Joint Statement by the Presidents of the United States and Ukraine-- 2426 Letters and Messages Hanukkah, message--2421 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Israel, Prime Minister Rabin--2417 Ukraine, President Kuchma--2421, 2422, 2426, 2430 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2434 Checklist of White House press releases--2434 Digest of other White House announcements--2433 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2434 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. 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[[Page 2417]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2417-2421] Monday, November 28, 1994 Volume 30--Number 47 Pages 2417-2434 Week Ending Friday, November 25, 1994 Remarks Following Discussions With Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and an Exchange With Reporters November 21, 1994 Bosnia The President. I would like to make a brief comment and then give the Prime Minister a chance to make a comment. First of all, with regard to the NATO attack this morning on the airfield, it was a strong and entirely appropriate response. That airfield had been used to conduct air attacks against the Bihac region, and it was the right thing to do. The situation in Bihac remains quite serious. We'll just have to see how it next develops. But I strongly support the NATO action today. Middle East Peace Process With regard to the meeting that we have just had, let me say that it was, as always, a good meeting. We remain committed to achieving a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. I have reaffirmed my support for the current aid level to Israel as well as for certain security assistance, including the Arrow missile program in the years ahead, so that we can continue to support the security conditions that, in my judgment, are the precondition for Israel being able to make a just peace with all her neighbors in the Middle East. Mr. Prime Minister, would you like to---- Prime Minister Rabin. In the last 2 years, the Middle East has seen dramatic change in the interrelationships between the Arab countries and the Arab peoples and Israel. As you remember, in September '93, here on the lawns of the White House, we signed the Declaration of Principle between us and the PLO representing the Palestinians. We started to tackle the longest and the most complicated conflict in all the conflicts of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Since then, we have implemented the first phase. There are problems, but we are continuing this, the process of reconciliation and solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. President Clinton visited the area when we signed the peace treaty with Jordan, the second peace treaty ever to be signed between Israel and an Arab country and the first one after the convening of the Madrid peace conference. We are committed to continue the negotiating with the Palestinians, with Syria, and Lebanon, with the purpose to achieve comprehensive peace. I'm sure that without the United States involvement, support, under the leadership of President Clinton to Secretary Christopher, it would be much more difficult, if at all, to achieve this progress in the peace process that we all witnessed and so many people did not believe that it would be possible to be done. Therefore, in our discussions, the President said what has been agreed, and we'll continue to adhere to our responsibility to achieve comprehensive peace. There will be obstacles; there will be difficulties. But I believe, with the support, involvement of the United States, we will achieve comprehensive peace. Q. Do you have any possibility of Syria in '95, of a peace agreement, Mr. Prime Minister? Prime Minister Rabin. In accordance to the Bible, all the prophets came from the Middle East. I would not advise anyone to become a prophet what will happen in the Middle East today. We will try our best. Senator Jesse Helms Q. Mr. President, do you think that Jesse Helms owes you an apology? The President. Tomorrow I'm going to have a more extensive opportunity to meet with the press; I'll be glad to answer all those questions. I'd rather just answer questions today on these two matters we've discussed. [[Page 2418]] Bosnia Q. ----is NATO on crisis? Are the European allies and the Americans pulling in opposite directions? Do you intend to assert your leadership to try to get the allies to be more in accord with the American policy on using NATO force? Despite today's attack, Europeans have refused to enforce exclusion zones. The President. Well, let me say that you know what our position has been all along, and I think today's action is a good step in the right direction. We are moving forward. I will have a chance to meet with many of our allies in Budapest in the next few days, and we'll continue to work on it. But this was a step in the right direction. Senator Jesse Helms Q. Are you talking to Helms about the Israeli aid and Arab aid, and are you talking also about NATO? The President. We're having extensive consultations and will continue to with the congressional leadership. But as I said, I'd rather talk about these matters today, and I'll answer some other questions tomorrow. Q. Mr. President, on these matters---- Q. Senator Helms' office says---- Middle East Peace Process Q. ----to the Middle East leaders like the Prime Minister when the incoming head of the Foreign Relations Committee calls this process a fraud? The President. I don't think--well, the Prime Minister has already said the process is not a fraud; it's been quite successful. It's been the most successful process since Israel became a nation. And we'll just keep working at it to try to make it work better. Q. Can you clarify your position on the constitutional amendment---- Q. Senator Helms also opposes troops on the Golan Heights---- The President. I think it's--on the Golan issue, let me say, generally, we shouldn't get in the way of the parties making peace themselves. And I don't think I should say or do anything on that that would undermine the possibility of the parties reaching a peace. I think that ought to be the position that all Americans take. Now, the Prime Minister can comment on this better than I, but you know there have been American troops in the Sinai for quite a long time without incident. And I don't think any American would begrudge the investment we've made in the historic peace that grew out of Camp David. Prime Minister Rabin. Do you know that there are today a thousand Americans, about a thousand Americans, that served for 15\1/2\ years in the Sinai as part of the multinational force in which there are participation of military civilians from Austria, New Zealand, Colombia, Canada, and this force is in existence since we signed the peace treaty with Egypt, on the demand of Israel? All of the Americans there, as the others--and there is one fighting infantry battalion, American uniformed soldiers, in the Sinai. Their role is not to defend Israel. Their role is to monitor the military annex of the peace treaty, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. And it serves effectively. No American was hurt there by any terror activities, because it is an area controlled by the Egyptian armed forces. We work in cooperation. We have all the machinery of cooperation. No doubt, on the Golan Heights, for 19 years, we had no one act of terror toward the lines between Syria and Israel. The Golan Heights today is the safest from terror because the Syrians keep their commitment under the disengagement agreement of 1974. Q. Mr. President, the Prime Minister is describing a monitoring force. Is that how you anticipate Americans being used, as monitors, or is it--which is something entirely different? The President. First of all, there has been no discussion--he described to you what came out of Camp David. There has been no discussion among the parties of a role for American forces yet. That would--let's let the people who have to make this agreement make it. And then, if we're asked by the parties themselves to become involved at some point in the future, I will come to the American people, I will come to the Congress, and I will make the case at that time based on an agreement that they would reach. There has been no agreement of any kind about this. We're jumping the gun here on this part of it. [[Page 2419]] Senator Jesse Helms Q. Are you going to see Helms yourself, Mr. Prime Minister? Are you going to see Mr. Helms, Senator Helms? The Prime Minister. He's not in town. [At this point, one group of reporters left the room, and another group entered.] Aid to Israel Q. Mr. President, with a new Republican Congress, what will happen to the foreign aid and to the American troops in the Golan Heights? The President. Well, first of all, with regard to the foreign aid, I have just pledged to the Prime Minister that I will support next year continuing the aid to Israel at its present level, in addition to some new security initiatives with regard to the Arrow missiles, supercomputers, and a couple of other things. So we are going to have a very robust security relationship with Israel, and I believe the aid levels will be maintained. We have enjoyed in this country, historically, a bipartisan level of support for Israel. Now, with regard to the Golan, I can only tell you that we in the United States must await an agreement of peace between Israel and Syria. If a peace agreement is reached regarding the Golan in which we were asked to participate, obviously that is something that I would consider. We have been in the Sinai, as a result of the agreement between Egypt and Israel, for quite a long time now without incident. I am very proud of the role the United States has been asked to play there as a monitor, not as a defender of Israel's security but as a monitor. But
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