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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, April 1, 2002 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Pages 491-539 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Appointments and Nominations; Meetings With Foreign Leaders Georgia First-responders in Atlanta--525 Senatorial candidate Saxby Chambliss, fundraiser in Atlanta--529 Greek Independence Day celebration--511 Mexico, dinner hosted by President Fox in Monterrey--497 Peru, dinner hosted by President Toledo in Lima--504 Radio address--497 South Carolina First-responders in Greenville--518 President's visit, remarks in Greenville--516 Senatorial candidate Lindsey Graham, fundraiser in Greenville-- 521 Texas, senatorial candidate John Cornyn, fundraiser in Dallas--533 Appointments and Nominations Health and Human Services Department Director of the National Institutes of Health, remarks--514 Surgeon General, remarks--514 Bill Signings Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, statement--517 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in Greenville, SC--516 News conferences March 22 with President Vicente Fox of Mexico--491 March 23 with President Alejandro Toledo of Peru--498 Interviews With the News Media--Continued March 24 with President Francisco Flores Perez of El Salvador-- 505 Joint Statements ``The Monterrey Commitments'': Joint Statement by the Presidents of the United States and Mexico--495 Letters and Messages Easter, 2002, message--529 Passover, 5762, message--528 Meetings With Foreign Leaders El Salvador, President Flores Perez--505 Mexico, President Fox--491, 495, 497 Peru, President Toledo--498, 504 Proclamations Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2002--510 Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2002--513 National Bone and Joint Decade, 2002-2011--509 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Klamath River Basin Federal Working Group--536 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--539 Checklist of White House press releases--538 Digest of other White House announcements--537 Nominations submitted to the Senate--538 [[Page iii]] Editor's Note: The President was in Crawford, TX, on March 29, the closing date of this issue. 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The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 491]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 491-495] Pages 491-539 Week Ending Friday, March 29, 2002 The President's News Conference With President Vicente Fox of Mexico in Monterrey, Mexico March 22, 2002 President Fox. Good afternoon. Thank you very much. Yes, in fact, it has been a very productive meeting, a meeting where we have touched upon three subjects, three chapters. One deals with what we have called the border alliance, intelligent borders, and the smart border initiative. The purpose is, firstly, to introduce the safety factor and hold it as an important priority and, at the same time, with the same emphasis, to seek for efficient borders, customs that are efficient as well, for an expeditious flow both of people, merchandise, products. And in this sense, what we seek is for those using these crossings, which are hundreds of thousands of people every day, to do so with that efficiency we are talking about. Likewise, within this same sense, we talked about a program to modernize, technologically speaking, our borders. And this would promote that efficiency. Among other points within this same category, we have also spoken about opening in airports that have high traffic, both in the United States and Mexico, a line to take care of the Mexicans and Canadians coming into Mexico and, in the case of Mexico, taking care of U.S. citizens and Canadian citizens. The second topic is what we have called the Partnership for Prosperity, where there are plenty of topics but the specific purpose is to generate opportunities for advancement, opportunities for income, and mainly in communities with high migratory rates in Mexico. For this purpose, we have spoken of joining efforts to facilitate resources for micro-, small-, and medium-sized companies, who are the ones generating the highest number of jobs. We have spoken of also working to bring down the cost of migrators' remittances to their families in Mexico, and this way facilitating those resources becoming productive projects toward important generation of employment and opportunities. We talked about important program of scholarships where, on the U.S. side, there will be investments up to $50 million, precisely to promote these scholarships and promote to the state level the creation of scholarships for universities. This is important in the purpose of creating, forming human resources. And on the other hand, we have also spoken of generating and facilitating resources for infrastructure, especially at the border, infrastructure for an efficient use of water, for water treatment plants, infrastructure for ecological or environmental purposes at the border, and some other investments in infrastructure along the same lines, the border. On the other hand, I believe it is very significant, and we have talked about it again, to have this great drive that has been announced by President Bush at the Financing for Development Conference. And it's the purpose to try to increase important resources for countries that are not as developed, for poorer countries. We have heard from many leaders present, many heads of state, who truly expressed this was welcome information, a welcome announcement. And of course, same goes for us. We are not a country to receive the help, but we clearly understand that there are countries who require this help to combat poverty very close to us, such as the case of Central America. So we hope that these additional funds, I repeat, have been very welcome, well-received by the community of smaller countries present here. This time these same resources also, part of them, to be used in these countries of Latin America or Central America. This effort of what has seemed to be called the participation in the millennium, the challenge of the millennium, is important for us. [[Page 492]] And we have verified this importance it has for the community of countries. Thank you. Now Mr. Bush will speak. President Bush. Thank you for your hospitality, and thank you for hosting the important conference on reducing global poverty. It was a success, thanks to your leadership and your vision. I'm so glad that the world could see Monterrey, Mexico. It is a really dynamic city. It's important for the world also to realize that as a result of President Fox's vision, this country is reforming. It's a vibrant place. It's an exciting place for people to live. People are finding jobs in Mexico. And Mr. President, I am grateful to call you friend. Thank you for your leadership as well. I try to remind people in my country, as many times as I can, a vibrant, prosperous Mexico is in the best interests of the United States of America. We were at the White House on September the 5th, and here's what I said then: ``The United States has no more important relationship in the world than the one we have with Mexico.'' I believed it on September the 5th; I believe it today. And since September the 11th, those words have been tested and proven. I deeply appreciate President Fox's early support and his continuing advice. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the people of Mexico for their support and sympathy. The relationship between the United States and Mexico is very strong, is very important, and it's growing stronger every day. America respects Mexico's culture and Mexico's achievements. By embracing markets and fiscal discipline, Mexico has created one of the most resilient economies in the region. And through NAFTA, our nations have forged one of the world's most dynamic trading relationships. Every day we exchange more than $650 million worth of commerce, creating wealth and opportunity for consumers and workers and families on both sides of the border. President Fox and I are determined to extend the benefits of free markets to all our citizens. As part of our Partnership for Prosperity, we'll help focus private investment on less developed parts of Mexico, creating more jobs and more opportunities for more people. President Fox and I are determined to make our shared border modern, efficient, and secure. The smart border declaration our countries have just signed will move us toward this important goal. Our common border must be closed to drugs and terrorists and open to trade and legitimate travel. America is grateful for Mexico's fight against the drug cartels, and I salute your many breakthroughs this year, Mr. President. President Fox and I talked about migration. Last year, we established a process to address this issue. We're making good and steady progress. Migrants make a valuable contribution to America. It's also important for our Nation to recognize, as we discuss immigration, Mexico has got a unique place in this issue. Mexico is different from other countries not only because of our proximity but because of our special relationship. We made some progress this year on an issue called 245(i). It's an important piece of legislation. It allowed families to stay together. It passed the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, it got stalled in the United States Senate. And my hope, Mr. President, is we're able to get it out of the United States Senate and to my desk so I can sign it. President Fox and I agreed on measures to reform the North American Development Bank, known as NADBank. We will increase the Bank's ability to make low interest loans to address urgent environmental priorities along the border. We also agreed to expand the Bank's range, so more people can benefit. Mexico and America are proud nations united by timeless values, by democracy, by faith, and by freedom. We have a modern relationship sustained by a mutual respect and trust. We've entered a new era of trade and cooperation and prosperity. And the United States and Mexico are building an historic partnership, one which will benefit both our peoples and provide a good example for the rest of the world. Abortion Funding/Situation in the Middle East Q. President Bush, have you or General Zinni heard anything from Chairman Arafat [[Page 493]] that indicates that a meeting between him and Vice President Cheney could help catalyze an Israeli-Palestinian truce? And honoring President
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