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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, October 28, 1996 Volume 32--Number 43 Pages 2107-2179 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Alabama, Birmingham--2159 Assassination of Prime Minister Rabin, anniversary--2158 Florida Daytona Beach--2152 Miami Democratic National Committee dinner--2150 Miami-Dade Community College--2144 Georgia, Atlanta--2172 Louisiana Lake Charles--2164 Marrero--2169 Michigan, Detroit Community--2137 Ground-breaking ceremony for expansion of the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport--2126 United Michigan Clergy--2129 New Jersey Brunch for Representative Torricelli in Teaneck--2115 New Hope Baptist Church in Newark--2113 Ohio, Cuyahoga Community College in Parma--2123 Presidential Unity Fund receptions New York City--2118 Addresses and Remarks--Continued Washington, DC--2155 Radio address--2109 Bill Signings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1996, statement--2112 War crimes disclosure legislation, statement--2149 Communications to Congress Colombian narcotics traffickers, letter reporting--2136 Communications to Federal Agencies Reducing teenage driving under the influence of illicit drugs, memorandum--2111 Executive Orders Tribal Colleges and Universities--2121 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Residence--2107 Letters, Messages Terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon, message on anniversary--2109 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Lebanon, Prime Minister al-Hariri--2107 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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 iii]] Editor's Note: The President was in Macon, GA, on October 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. Proclamations National Consumers Week--2128 National Forest Products Week--2128 United Nations Day--2168 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Homeownership, expansion--2149 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2178 Checklist of White House press releases--2177 Digest of other White House announcements--2176 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2177 [[Page 2107]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2107-2108] Monday, October 28, 1996 Volume 32--Number 43 Pages 2107-2179 Week Ending Friday, October 25, 1996 Remarks Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri of Lebanon and an Exchange With Reporters October 18, 1996 Meeting With Prime Minister Hariri The President. Let me say first that I'm delighted to have the Prime Minister here today. The United States is strongly committed to the independence, the sovereignty, the territorial integrity of Lebanon. We look forward to supporting a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East that preserves that integrity and a Lebanon that is free of foreign forces. We're also committed to supporting the reconstruction efforts that are so important in Lebanon after the difficulties of the last year. And I look forward to this conversation. I should also say in front of the American press that the United States is very blessed by the contributions of large numbers of Lebanese-Americans, including members of our administration: Donna Shalala, the Secretary of Health and Human Services; former Senator George Mitchell, who is now back in Northern Ireland or on his way back; and General George Joulwan, who is the commander of our forces in Europe. So we have a lot of ties with Lebanon, and we're looking forward to this meeting. 1996 Election Q. Mr. President, speaking of contributions, what is your reaction today to Senator Dole's charge that when it comes to some of these foreign political cash contributions made to the DNC, that you personally haven't learned the lesson of that national nightmare called Watergate? The President. Well, let me say two things. One--first is, Mr. Panetta and I have asked the DNC to review all the contributions, as we should have, as we've said, to make sure they were appropriate. And we'll have other opportunities to discuss this. This is not the appropriate forum for that. U.S. Military Aid to Lebanon Q. Mr. President, the Lebanese Government has asked the United States for various pieces of military equipment, including tanks--excuse me--helicopters or personnel carriers' aircraft. Do you view their request sympathetically, and if so, what would you expect to give them? The President. Well, the Prime Minister and I haven't had our meeting yet, and the Secretary of State and he have discussed this. We'll review these things and see what is appropriate and make the appropriate decision. But we have been and continue to be very supportive of Lebanon and of the work that the Prime Minister is doing to strengthen his country and to give it a brighter future. Q. Do they need more hardware to guarantee their territorial integrity? The President. I don't have any other comment at this time. 1996 Election Q. Are you going to let Senator Dole take California? The President. The people of California will determine that. Q. What was going to be your first answer? [Laughter] The President. It belongs to them. [At this point, one group of reporters left the room, and another group entered.] Meeting With Prime Minister Hariri The President. First of all, let me say that it is a great honor to welcome the Prime Minister back to the United States and especially to have him here at the White House. The United States strongly supports the independence, the sovereignty, the territorial integrity of Lebanon. And we look forward to working with the Prime Minister to build a future in the Middle East with a comprehen- [[Page 2108]] sive, lasting peace and Lebanon free of foreign forces. We also want to be supportive of the reconstruction efforts in Lebanon, and I'm looking forward to having a discussion with the Prime Minister about that. The other thing I feel I should say to the people of Lebanon is how deeply indebted the United States is for the contributions of Lebanese- Americans. My administration is especially indebted because of the presence of Donna Shalala in our Cabinet as Secretary of Health and Human Services, and former Senator George Mitchell, who is our envoy to the peace talks in Northern Ireland and who is leading them now, and General George Joulwan, who is the commander of all of our forces in Europe. So we have a lot of ties with Lebanon. We want to be as supportive of this Prime Minister in his vision for Lebanon's future, and I look forward to our discussions. Mr. Prime Minister, do you want to say anything? Prime Minister Hariri. Thank you very much, Mr. President. I am really honored and pleased to be here and to meet with President Clinton and Mr. Christopher. And I'm confident that President Clinton will help Lebanon in the next future to--and assist them to regain its independence and also will help them in the reconstruction effort. Q. Mr. President, can we expect any change in the---- Q. [Inaudible]--is there any way--[inaudible]---- Q. ----status of the travel ban on Lebanon anytime soon? The President. Well, we're going to--I'm going to discuss that with the Prime Minister. As you know, we do have numerous people from this country coming to Lebanon, and our concerns relate to the security. And we may be able to work together on that, and we're going to discuss that. U.S. Sanctions on Lebanon Q. Mr. President, is there any way you can separate between those restrictions imposed on Lebanon--the safety of Americans who wish to travel to Lebanon and those who are cut out, hurting the Lebanese economy and the efforts of the families to rebuild the country? The President. We're going to talk about that. We want to be--we want to be supportive of the Prime Minister's efforts. And we believe that there is a special need for people who support freedom and independence in the future of Lebanon all over the world to help in the reconstruction efforts. Q. Elections are next month---- Middle East Peace Process Q. Mr. President, what can be done to make sure that there is no repetition of aggression on the Lebanese villages now that the humanitarian group found that Israel was really the aggressor? The President. Well, I think the first and most important thing is to make sure that Lebanon is a genuine partner in the ongoing process of peace discussions in the Middle East and to get the reconstruction efforts going. If we do it in the right way, I think there will not be a repetition. Q. Mr. President---- The President. One more, one more.
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