Statement by the President: Congratulating the Leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea for the Final Peace Agreement Signed Today (12/12/00)

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                             (Dublin, Ireland)

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I congratulate the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea for the final peace
agreement signed today in Algiers.  My relief and happiness on this
occasion mirrors the sadness I felt when I witnessed two allies and friends
embroiled in a tragic conflict.  I look forward to resuming our strong
cooperation with Ethiopia and Eritrea across the spectrum of bilateral


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