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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, October 30, 2000 Volume 36--Number 43 Pages 2529-2650 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Budget--2616, 2638 Congressional candidate Donald Dunn, reception--2613 Drunk driving standard, establishment of national--2578 Indiana Hillary Clinton, reception in Indianapolis--2545 Representative Julia Carson, rally in Indianapolis--2550 Jordan-U.S. trade agreement, signing--2608 Legislative agenda--2616, 2638 Massachusetts, 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 City--2623 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-- 2620 Addresses and Remarks--Continued New York--Continued Representative Maurice Hinchey, reception in Kingston--2582 Westchester County Democratic Party dinner in New Rochelle-- 2595 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, statement--2607 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, letter--2637 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued 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 Proclamations 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 [[Page 2529]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2529-2531] 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-- [[Page 2530]] 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 debate. 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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