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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, October 30, 2000
Volume 36--Number 43
Pages 2529-2650

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Addresses and Remarks

    Budget--2616, 2638
    Congressional candidate Donald Dunn, reception--2613
    Drunk driving standard, establishment of national--2578
         Hillary Clinton, reception in Indianapolis--2545
         Representative Julia Carson, rally in Indianapolis--2550
    Jordan-U.S. trade agreement, signing--2608
    Legislative agenda--2616, 2638
         Democratic Senate Campaign Committee dinner in Boston--2541
         Representative Martin Meehan, reception in Lowell--2534
    New York
         Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee reception in New York 
         Departure for New York City--2616
         Hillary Clinton
             Birthday tribute in New York City--2632
             Brunch in Johnson City--2555
             Dinner in Hempstead--2564
             Reception in Alexandria Bay--2559
             Reception in Flushing--2589
             Reception in New York City--2569
         Representative Gregory W. Meeks, reception in New York City--

Addresses and Remarks--Continued

    New York--Continued
         Representative Maurice Hinchey, reception in Kingston--2582
         Westchester County Democratic Party dinner in New Rochelle--
    North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr., tribute--2599
    People for the American Way reception--2610
    Radio address--2549
    School construction and education, legislative agenda--2603

 Bill Signings

    Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000, 
    Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations 
        Act, 2001, statement--2580
    Ryan White CARE Act Amendments of 2000, statements--2531, 2532

 Communications to Congress

    Bipartisan tax cut legislation, letters--2631, 2636
    Colombia and neighboring countries, letter transmitting report on 
        counterdrug assistance--2635
    Commerce, Justice, and State Departments appropriations legislation, 
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 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Waiver and Certification of Statutory Provisions Regarding the 
        Palestine Liberation Organization, memorandum--2531

 Executive Orders

    Amendment to Executive Order 13078, To Expand the Role of the 
        National Task Force on Employment of Adults With Disabilities To 
        Include a Focus on Youth--2629
    Interagency Task Force on the Economic Development of the Central 
        San Joaquin Valley--2630

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Rose Garden--2638
         South Lawn--2616
     Interview with Chris Bull of the Advocate--2572
     Opinion-editorial for the Belfast Telegraph: ``Why the Good Friday 
        Agreement Is Working''--2529

Letters and Messages

    Diwali, message--2629

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Jordan, King Abdullah II--2608


    National Day of Concern About Young People and Gun Violence--2533
    United Nations Day--2607

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Congressional action on
        Foreign operations appropriations legislation--2628
        ``Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act,'' need for--2627
    Homeownership rate, Nation's highest--2635
    Irish Republican Army's decision on arms inspections--2627
    National Disability Mentoring Day--2627
    Older Americans Act, reauthorization--2628, 2635
    School safety, 2000 annual report--2634
    Sudan, bombing of civilians--2628
    Yugoslavia, Federal Republic of, admission into Stability Pact--2634

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--2648
     Checklist of White House press releases--2647
     Digest of other White House announcements--2646
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--2647

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Monday, October 30, 2000
Volume 36--Number 43
Pages 2529-2650
Week Ending Friday, October 27, 2000
Opinion-Editorial for the Belfast Telegraph: ``Why the Good Friday 
Agreement is Working''

October 19, 2000

    In his first Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln called 
upon Americans to heed ``the better angels of our nature'' to dissuade 
them from embarking on a long and bloody civil war.
    Just over two years ago, the leaders and people of Northern Ireland 
summoned the better angels of their nature to negotiate, sign, and 
approve the Good Friday Agreement in a courageous bid to end nearly 30 
years of strife and agony. The Agreement reflected more than the common 
humanity that unites the people of Northern Ireland, no matter their 
faith. It reflected their self- interest--their heartfelt conviction 
that the sacrifices and compromises required for peace would be far 
easier to bear than the burden of more violence and bloodshed.
    George Mitchell said at the time that, as difficult as the Agreement 
was to negotiate, implementing it would prove more difficult still--and 
he was right. Two-and-one-half years later, the Agreement is working, 
but it is straining under intense criticism. I know that many in the 
unionist community feel deeply uncomfortable with changes relating to 
security and have concerns that the right to express British identity is 
being attacked. Nationalists and republicans have voiced concerns of 
their own about prospects for full equality and implementation of all 
aspects of the Agreement.
    I believe the Good Friday Agreement is fully capable of addressing 
these concerns. Now is the time to reaffirm its core principles.
      --The principle of consent: no decision on changing the 
            constitutional connection linking Northern Ireland with the 
            United Kingdom will be made without support from a majority 
            of Northern Ireland voters. This expresses respect for 
            British sovereignty in Northern Ireland--and also for the 
            legitimate wish of Irish people to pursue a united Ireland.
      --Self-government that is democratic, inclusive, and whose 
            participants use exclusively peaceful means to accomplish 
            their aims. The main institutions of government, an elected 
            Assembly and a power-sharing Executive, contain safeguards 
            for protecting minority interests and for excluding those 
            who use or support violence.
      --Strict protection of individual human and civil rights. On 
            October 2, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as a 
            whole incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights 
            into domestic law. The Northern Ireland Human Rights 
            Commission is now consulting on a Bill of Rights for 
            Northern Ireland.
    The people of Northern Ireland support these principles. And for all 
of their disagreements, so do Northern Ireland's politicians.
    The reason, I believe, is simple: Devolved government based on the 
Stormont Assembly and Executive is working. Even politicians from 
parties professing to be ``anti-Agreement'' are participating actively, 
delivering their constituents democratic and accountable regional 
government. For the first time in 30 years, Northern Ireland's 
politicians are producing their own budget and Programme for Government.
    This means that problems in the areas of agriculture, health, the 
environment and education, to name a few, are now the responsibility of 
local ministers who must answer to local voters. Some may be 
uncomfortable with power-sharing, but most agree that it is better than 
being powerless. And foreign investors are taking note of the prospects 
opened up by these developments--

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for example, the 900-job call centre that a Denver-based company 
recently announced will open in north Belfast.
    What's more, the Agreement has enabled government ministers from 
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to work together to benefit 
people throughout the island, by developing co-operation in such areas 
as trade, food safety and EU programmes. Sessions of the North-South 
Ministerial Council focus on concrete results rather than constitutional 
    Change this profound is never easy. I applaud the people of Northern 
Ireland for working to set aside old animosities and to accept even the 
most difficult elements of the Good Friday Agreement, such as prisoner 
releases. Yet tough challenges remain, such as adapting the police force 
in Northern Ireland to earn the confidence and support of all the 
people, and resolving the issue of paramilitary weapons.
    The Agreement offers a chance for a fresh start on policing. It 
established an independent commission chaired by Chris Patten with a 
mandate to make recommendations in this highly sensitive area. Some of 
the Patten Report's proposed changes have distressed those who honour 
the many sacrifices made by police officers in Northern Ireland.
    I urge everyone to reflect on Chief Constable Ronnie Flanagan's 
statement that the police stand ready for the challenges proposed by 
Patten and that it is his ``fervent hope that those in all our 
communities whom we exist to serve stand similarly ready for change.'' 
Everyone in Northern Ireland, including the police, deserve the chance 
to prove themselves anew under the Agreement. That said, for police 
reform to work, the entire community must take ownership of the process, 
taking not just the pain of the past, but more importantly the demands 
of the future, into account. The opportunity to achieve a police service 
that is broadly acceptable and fully accountable is too important and 
too close at hand to be lost to political brinkmanship.
    On the question of paramilitary organisations, the Good Friday 
Agreement is both clear and unequivocal--in it, all parties commit 
themselves to the total disarmament of all such groups. The IRA's 
decision to allow independent inspectors to view arms dumps last June 
and to verify that the weapons are not moved or used represented 
unprecedented progress. The IRA also committed itself to resume contacts 
with the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning and to 
put weapons ``completely and verifiably beyond use'' in the context of 
full implementation of the Agreement.

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