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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 17, 1999

The following is the text of the citation for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which the President will present to George Mitchell:

     Throughout his extraordinary career, George Mitchell has strived 
     to make real his vision of public service:  "to act for the 
     larger and common good."  Born of immigrant roots in his beloved 
     Maine, he learned early the importance of hard work and devotion 
     to family.  As a prosecutor, judge, United States Senator and 
     Majority Leader, he kept faith with those values and displayed a 
     deep love of country and commitment to justice.  As a determined 
     and creative international statesman, he was instrumental in 
     forging the historic Good Friday peace accord for Northern 
     Ireland.  For his outstanding service, both at home and abroad, 
     George Mitchell deserves our lasting gratitude.

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