President sends greetings to
THE WHITE HOUSE
June 18, 1997
I am delighted to greet the
community of scientists and support personnel in Antarctica on Midwinter's
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
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