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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Sofia, Bulgaria)
For Immediate Release                                  November 22, 1999
                        REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

                     Council of Ministers Building
                            Sofia, Bulgaria

12:50 P.M. (L)

PRIME MINISTER KOSTOV: I have just asked the President to say a few words before he goes out of the Council of Ministers; he was kind to respond, and I thank him for that.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, first, I want to say again how pleased and honored I am to be in Bulgaria; and how strongly I support and admire the political, economic and military reforms that the government has undertaken; and how grateful I am for the support that Europe and the United States received during the recent difficulties in Kosovo.

I think it is very important for the United States to support Bulgaria's aspirations for political, economic and military integration into the West, and to support the Stability Pact and the economic and political revitalization of all of Southeastern Europe.

I would like to make one other point, which is that I am especially grateful for Bulgaria's policy and history of tolerance and cooperation among different groups of people within this country. If that had been the policy of Serbia in these last 10 years, we would be living in a very different and better time.

Thank you very much. Thank you.

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: No, that did not come up. But we talked generally about the importance of doing things that would be economically beneficial to Bulgaria. I would remind you, my Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Daley, was here just a few weeks ago for an economic conference. And we are moving ahead with a whole set of plans, which I hope will be highly beneficial to Bulgaria economically. But we did not discuss the specific question you asked.

Thank you.

END 12:54 P.M. (L)