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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said the President made a strong statement to the international community today as he addressed delegates at the opening of the 58th U.N. General Assembly.

Enzi attended the President's address to the 57th General Assembly last year as one of two congressional delegates appointed by the President to the United Nations.

Enzi's comments on the President's speech follow.

"Last year I had the privilege of being at the General Assembly as the President gave his opening remarks and addressed the threat of Iraq to world security. I witnessed the positive reactions from other delegates as they also listened to what he had to say.

"Today the President once again put the United States in a powerful position against terrorism and called for freedom and democracy. He set the tone for the rest of the General Assembly's morning speakers and encouraged an international dedication to collective security.

"The President reiterated our strong commitment to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq and the rebuilding of their nations. I believe democracy and stability in both of these countries will ultimately benefit the entire world.

"I support the President's call for international efforts to fight the AIDS crisis. I recently returned from a Congressional trip to southern Africa and saw first-hand the terrible HIV/AIDS crisis enveloping those nations. I am also encouraged that he called attention to the issue of multilateral export controls.

"At the core of the President's speech was a strong U.S. commitment to the original ideals of the United Nations. I share the President's belief that the United Nations plays an important role in facilitating greater security and freedom around the world."