Statement on Signing the
Bill Supporting the Restoration of a Free and Independent
have today signed H.J. Res. 602, which expresses congressional support for the
restoration of a free and independent
I note that the Resolution is properly cast in admonitory terms and accordingly must be interpreted as a nonbinding expression of the sense of the Congress. I disagree with the wording of certain clauses, which, as written, could complicate our efforts to work with other governments to achieve the objective we all seek: to prevent the Khmer Rouge from ever again being in a position of absolute authority from which to wage its rule of terror over the Cambodian people. I have, however, signed this legislation because it makes clear that the United States will continue to do everything possible to assure that the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia is brought to an end and that effective guarantees are put into place to prevent the Khmer Rouge from ever again taking control of Cambodia.
The White House,
Note: H.J. Res. 602, approved October 18, was assigned Public Law No. 100 - 502.