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President sends greetings to antarctic stations




June 18, 1997


I am delighted to greet the international community of scientists and support personnel in Antarctica on Midwinter's Day 1997.

On this southernmost continent and in the oceans surrounding it, many nations are waging peace-upholding a 40-year tradition of cooperation that began when the pioneering representatives of 12 nations signed the Antarctic Treaty. The treaty's partnerships have brought us cooperation in science and an understanding of how Antarctica responds to natural and human-induced changes in regional or global processes.

Today, we are at the threshold of a new era in antarctic affairs, one that stresses environmental stewardship to preserve this important natural resource. This year, the United States joined other Antarctic Treaty consultative parties in ratifying the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. This agreement will provide comprehensive protection for the region while enabling the continuation of scientific research.

You have chosen to endure the hardships and isolation of the austral winter and are participating in a dynamic endeavor that has shown the world how people can overcome the limitations of national boundaries and ideologies to work for the good of humanity. On behalf of all who are benefiting from your efforts, I thank you for a job well done.

Best wishes for a successful stay and for a safe return to your families.

Bill Clinton

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