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State of the Union Address 2000

Leading Global Efforts to Promote Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

Promoting Peace and Strengthening Democracy

  • Advancing peace in the Middle East by brokering peace agreements between Israel and its neighbors, including the Palestinians and Jordan; negotiating the Wye River Accords; supporting the launch of final settlement negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians; and revitalizing peace talks between the Syrians and Israelis
  • Ended a decade of repression and reversed ethnic cleansing in Kosovo by leading NATO alliance to victory in 79-day air war against Serb forces, forcing their withdrawal, ushering in international peacekeepers, and launching Stability Pact to strengthen democracy, prosperity and integration throughout the Balkans
  • Brokered the Good Friday Peace Accord in Northern Ireland, ending decades of bloodshed and empowering the people of Northern Ireland to determine their future
  • Led diplomatic efforts to end the civil war and foster multi-ethnic democracy in Bosnia
  • Restored democracy in Haiti, ending military dictatorship and stopping refugee flows
  • Supporting transitions to democracy in South Africa and Nigeria, and mediating peace efforts in Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia-Eritirea
  • Ended violence and protected democracy in East Timor by leading diplomatic efforts and supporting international peacekeeping mission
  • Helped settle Peru-Ecuador border dispute and end civil war in Guatemala
  • Pressing for human rights and religious freedom worldwide, including in China, Burma, Sudan

Combating Threats

  • Protecting Americans from weapons of mass destruction by reducing Russian nuclear arsenals, easing nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan, and ratifying the Non-Proliferation Treaty and Chemical Weapons Convention
  • Enhancing military stability in Europe by successfully concluding the adapted Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty
  • Combating terrorism by developing a national counter-terrorism strategy, appointing a national coordinator and striking terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan
  • Reducing North Korea threat through deterrence, diplomacy, and non-proliferation
  • Containing Iraq through containment and deterrence, economic sanctions, humanitarian assistance for the Iraqi people, and support for democratic opposition to Saddam Hussein's regime
  • Addressing new threats by protecting America's critical infrastructure from cyber-terrorism and biological and chemical weapons
  • Developing limited national missile defense to protect against attacks from rogue states while preserving nuclear stability with Russia.
  • Strengthening military readiness and modernizing our armed forces through increased defense spending

Strengthening Alliances and Building Partnerships

  • Fulfilling vision of an undivided, democratic and peaceful Europe by enlarging NATO, integrating Southeast Europe, and strengthening our partnership with Russia
  • Building more constructive relationship with China through engagement and frank dialogue, leading to cooperation on non-proliferation and regional security, and progress on human rights and environmental protection
  • Deepening security alliances with Japan through new Defense Guidelines and Joint Security Declaration and with South Korea through jointly offered Four Party Peace Talks with North Korea; and establishment of Trilateral Consultation and Oversight Group to coordinate North Korea policy
  • Secured landmark agreement to develop oil and gas pipelines from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, strengthening ties in the region and ensuring Americans have continued access to vital natural resources
  • Expanding trade and strengthening democracy in Asia and Latin America through the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and the Summit of the Americas
  • Strengthening ties with Africa by launching new Partnership for Economic Growth and Opportunity, and pushing for passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act

Expanding Prosperity

  • Prevented Asian financial crisis from undermining America's prosperity by promoting sound monetary policies, urging banking reforms and fighting corruption abroad
  • Stimulating worldwide growth through support for the IMF and G-8 global economic strategy
  • Saved Mexico from currency crisis by providing financial relief
  • Forgave $500 million in African debt, announced initiative to link debt relief to health and education investments, and forged agreement among G-8 industrialized countries to provide additional debt relief.


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