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DATE=8/16/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CLINTON - AFRICA (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-252847 BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE CONTENT= VOICED AT: Intro: In his foreign policy address Monday in Kansas City, President Clinton applauded progress toward conflict resolution in Africa and urged Congress to approve funds the Administration has proposed to help African countries develop their own peace-keeping capabilities. VOA's David Gollust reports from the White House. Text: Mr. Clinton said little-noticed but significant progress is being made toward resolving some of Africa's most difficult problems. Addressing the convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars - the V-F-W - in Kansas City, he urged Congress to provide funds to help sustain the gains, which he said are the work of the African parties themselves: /// CLINTON ACTUALITY /// The African countries don't want the United States to solve their problems or to deploy our military. All they've asked us to do at a small cost is to support their efforts to resolve conflicts on their own, to keep the peace to build better lives for their people and to develop competent militaries. /// END ACT /// Mr. Clinton cited moves toward democracy in Nigeria after 15 years of what he called "misrule" by the military, and signs of hope in recent weeks for ending the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. He told the V-F- W strides being made in Africa don't generate a lot of headlines but are none-the-less good news for the region and the United States: /// CLINTON ACTUALITY TWO ///. It means that the largest untapped market for our products in the world - a continent of over 700 million people that provides nearly as much oil to us as we get from the Middle East - will now have a chance to develop in freedom and peace and shared prosperity with us and other freedom-loving people. /// END ACT /// Mr. Clinton's request for more than 800-million- dollars in aid to Africa for the coming year is facing substantial cuts in Congress, where Republican legislators want to trim nearly two-billion dollars overall from the Administration's diplomacy and foreign aid budget. The President told his military- oriented audience that under-funding the budget for diplomacy is as dangerous as under-funding national defense. (Signed) NEB/DAG/TVM/kl 16-Aug-1999 17:14 PM EDT (16-Aug-1999 2114 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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