LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT: LIBERTAD
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Camp David, Maryland)

                                                                 For
Immediate Release                              July 14, 2000



                  TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO
                   THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEES
               ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND APPROPRIATIONS
              AND THE SENATE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
                            AND APPROPRIATIONS


                                 July 14, 2000



Pursuant to subsection 306(c)(2) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic
Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-114), (the "Act"), I
hereby determine and report to the Congress that suspension for 6 months
beyond August 1, 2000, of the right to bring an action under title III of
the Act is necessary to the national interests of the United States and
will expedite a transition to democracy in Cuba.

                                   Sincerely,




                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON





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