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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 17, 1996
                        REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
                          Hall of the Americas
                    Organization of American States                  
                            Washington, D.C.                                 

7:13 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Please, sit down and relax. Thank you. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the very warm welcome. To our distinguished head table guests, former Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary Vance, Minister Lampreia, President Iglesias, Mr. Ambassador. To Peter Bell and Alejandro Foley; my good friend and advisor on Latin America, Mack McLarty; Peter Hackem, and of course, to our distinguished friend, Mr. Linowitz.

For 14 years, the Inter-American Dialogue has played a leading role in framing the debate on issues that really matter to the peoples of our hemisphere. As we enter a period of even closer cooperation in the Americas, I'm delighted that the Inter-American Dialogue is also intensifying its work.

I'm especially pleased that you're carrying forward your efforts with the creation of the Inter-American Dialogue's Sol Linowitz Forum. (Applause.) By honoring Sol you have paid a fitting tribute to the extraordinary, extraordinary service that this great American and citizen of the world has rendered. In a lifetime devoted to the public, Ambassador Linowitz has helped to foster peace, cooperation and partnership between the United States, the nations of the Americas and other nations around the world.

Sol has led here at home as well, working to confront the problems of racism, urban decay and poverty. And he's called his own profession of law to a higher sense of duty. As the Chair Emeritus to the Inter-American Dialogue, he continues to make a difference, to promote the exchange and understanding that we need to bring our hemisphere closer together so that all of our people are more prosperous and secure.

In 1967, Sol Linowitz organized the United States participation in the Punta del Este Summit which became the model of the Summit of the Americas that we held in Miami in 1994 that Mr. McLarty and Hattie Babbitt and so many others in this room in our administration worked so very hard on.

At the Miami Summit, the nations of our hemisphere agreed on the challenges we must face together -- in opening our markets, strengthening our democracies, protecting our shared environment against pollution. And we developed a program to do all that and more so that our region can become more prosperous, more secure, and our freedom wider, broader and deeper.

In an important way, the Inter-American Dialogue helped to define the goals we set at the Summit of the Americas. And as now we look toward the next century, I'm glad the Sol Linowitz Forum will help to focus our discussions and our actions.

I thank you all for all you have done to help define and shape the currents that flow deeper today in our hemisphere because of your work: Democracy, market economics, justice and growing partnership. I thank you all, and I especially thank Sol Linowitz.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. (Applause.)

END 7:17 P.M. EDT