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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the President on the Passing of Warren Christopher

Michelle and I were saddened to hear that Warren Christopher has passed away.  Deeply dedicated to serving his country, Warren's career ranged from the naval reserve in World War II to a clerkship at the Supreme Court to the practice of law and politics in California and Washington.  And as President Clinton's Secretary of State, he was a resolute pursuer of peace, leading negotiations with regard to the Middle East and the Balkans, including the Dayton Agreement, which ended the war in Bosnia.  Warren Christopher was a skillful diplomat, a steadfast public servant, and a faithful American.  We send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Marie, and their children.