Remarks on Departure for
The President. Thank you all very much, and good morning.
Audience members. Good morning.
The President. I'm going to
has happened in those 6 years that we can be very proud of, including the INF
treaty with the
first priority is to maintain a strong and healthy partnership between
In the arms control area, we will continue to press for Soviet agreement to 50-percent reductions in the strategic nuclear forces on both sides and for a truly global and verifiable ban on chemical weapons. My colleagues and I will be working to give negotiations on conventional forces a new start as well. We will also discuss Soviet behavior toward its own citizens and toward other countries, since problems of human rights and external aggression remain key obstacles to long-term improvement of East-West relations.
our common approach to the East over the years has given coherence to our
message of peace and world freedom, it has been our unwavering commitment to
defend ourselves that has given it credibility. Arms reduction can only succeed
if it is backed up by a strong defense. My Atlantic colleagues and I will
rededicate ourselves to maintaining the deterrent that has protected our
freedom and prosperity for almost 40 years. I will repeat to my colleagues my
strong conviction that American troops will remain in
can be rightfully proud of these 40 years of peace that our common commitment
has brought, but the job is not finished. We in the alliance will not be
satisfied merely with a record period without war. We seek nothing less than
permanent peace with freedom in
Thank you, God bless you, and thank you all for coming out here to see us off. Thank you.
Reporter. Mr. President, what are you going to do
about Noriega in
The President. It's under discussion right now.
Is there anything that the
The President. That's what we're trying to find out.
Note: The President spoke to supporters and members of the White House staff at at the South Portico of the White House.