Sydney Morning Herald 19991109
Clinton outlines his vision of a Europe where wars don't happen

By DAVID SANGER in Washington

President Bill Clinton marked the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a speech outlining the major challenges he believes Europe faces, and a warning that any hope of bringing stability to the Balkans would require removing President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia from power.

Speaking at Georgetown University, his alma mater, Mr Clinton took the unusual step of praising his two Republican predecessors, Ronald Reagan and George Bush, and how they handled the last days of communism in Europe.

And with his latest call for the United States to resist isolationism, he described in sketchy form his foreign policy agenda for the remaining 13 months of his administration.

In a rebuke of congressional Republicans who have rejected increases in foreign aid, Mr Clinton urged the US to continue its leading role in international affairs.

''I think it's worth devoting some small fraction of this nation's great wealth and power to help build a Europe where wars don't happen,'' he said, ''where our allies can do their share and we help them do so, to seize this historic opportunity for peace between Arabs and Israelis in the Middle East, to make sure that nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union don't fall into the wrong hands.''

Mr Clinton described the first challenge in Europe today as ''building the right kind of partnership with Russia, a Russia that is stable, democratic and co-operatively engaged with the West''. He said of Mr Milosevic: ''There can be no future for him.''

His praise for Mr Reagan was particularly effusive. The former president ''said so plainly what many people on the other side of the wall had trouble understanding - that the Soviet empire was evil and the wall should be torn down''.

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