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The Washington Summit
WELCOME LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CLINTON
On behalf of all Americans, Hillary and I extend a warm welcome
to everyone gathered in Washington for the historic NATO 50th Anniversary
Summit - the largest meeting of world leaders ever held in our capital.
Photo Thumbnail President Clinton answers questions during the press
conference at the International Trade Center. Photo By Sharon Farmer
There is much to do in the course of this summit. We will
honor past accomplishments, for it was here in April 1949 that 12 nations,
united by their belief in democracy's strength, joined together to form the
most successful military alliance in history. We will also welcome three new
allies - Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic - whose membership makes our
Alliance stronger. But our main task is to look to the future. We should think
of this historic gathering not as the last NATO summit of the 20th century, but
rather as the first one of the new century.
At the summit, we will focus together on NATO's efforts to
resolve the crisis in Kosovo, relieve human suffering, and ensure long-term
stability in southeastern Europe. Together, our nations will continue to pursue
the same goals that unite all people: peace, prosperity, and the chance to
build a better world than the one NATO's founders knew.