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U.S. Department of State
96/10/10 Remarks at Infrastructure Development Project, Ethiopia
Office of the Spokesman
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
For Immediate Release October 10, 1996
REMARKS BY U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER
AT THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
October 10, 1996
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: First let me pay my respects to all of the
veterans of the Korean War, who are here today. I'm very honored to be
here with you. I'm old enough to be a veteran of World War II, so I
know something of your service, and I honor you for being here today.
And next I'd like to say a word of greeting to all the residents of this
area who were kind enough to gather here to be with us today. And
finally, certainly last but not least, I want to thank the school
children who have come here and sung so well for me today and given me
this warm greeting.
I'm very pleased to be visiting this CARE project and I want to thank
our Ethiopian and American hosts for having arranged this very moving
occasion. I am especially happy to be here today because the unique
history of this community, as I think all of you know, in the 1950's
this was the training site for the brave Ethiopian soldiers, who fought
with American forces in the Korean war.
After the war, many of the veterans came to live in this area, and that,
of course, is why it has been called Korea Village. And now Korea
Village is a project that once again brings together our three nations:
Ethiopia, Korea and the United States. The United States, through its
aid agency, the Korean government provide the resources, Ethiopian
citizens and the CARE organization -- one of our great private
organizations -- do the hard work. Working together, what has been done
is to make this community a better place to live, which is certainly
inspiring to me and is something the American people would be
exceedingly excited to see and would be glad to know how much you have
accomplished here with just a small amount of outside aid. This project
helps the citizens of this city overcome some of the most difficult
problems they face. Problems like food shortages, unemployment and the
lack of buildings.
The ladies told me that in return for a daily ration of wheat and
vegetable oil, the women of this community have worked for months
digging up rock and breaking them down in order to build this walkway
and bridges. The ladies thanked me for the aid that the United States
has given, but I want to thank them as it is really to them that we are
indebted for this great community improvement.
This road used to be just a muddy path, but now it's a symbol of your
country's transformation from a country that was mired in crisis to a
country that is moving down the road to progress.
I look forward to reporting to President Clinton and the American people
about this inspiring project. And I thank you again, especially you
Korean war veterans and especially the children, for coming here to join
me and to honor me by your presence.
Thank you very much.
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