| Home > 1997 Presidential Documents > pd12my97 Message on the Observance of Cinco de Mayo, 1997...
pd12my97 Message on the Observance of Cinco de Mayo, 1997...
<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, May 12, 1997 Volume 33--Number 19 Pages 637-694 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo National Park--690 Welcoming ceremony at the Central American summit in San Jose-- 673 Maryland, budget agreement announcement in Baltimore--640 Mexico Binational Commission report in Mexico City--653 Community in Tlaxcala--671 Departure for Mexico--648 People of Mexico in Mexico City--666 State dinner in Mexico City--665 Welcoming ceremony in Mexico City--652 Radio address--644 Communications to Congress Export Administration Act of 1979, letter reporting on lapse--665 Hong Kong-U.S. agreements Mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, message to the Senate transmitting agreement--650 Transfer of sentenced persons, message to the Senate transmitting agreement--651 Iraq, letter reporting--687 Communications to Congress--Continued Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, message transmitting report--644 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Baltimore, MD--640 Mexico City, Mexico--652, 665 Oval Office--644 South Lawn--644, 648 Interview with San Antonio Express News, the Los Angeles Times, and the Dallas Morning News--637 New conferences May 6 (No. 143) with President Zedillo in Mexico City, Mexico-- 654 May 8 (No. 144) with Central American leaders in San Jose, Costa Rica--674 Joint Statements Declaration of Mexican and United States Alliance Against Drugs--663 Declaration of San Jose--682 Joint Statement on Migration Adopted by the President of the United States and the President of Mexico--662 Letters and Messages Cinco de Mayo, message--651 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in Bridgetown, Barbados, on May 9, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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 iii]] Contents--Continued Meetings With Foreign Leaders Belize, Prime Minister Esquivel--673, 674, 682 Costa Rica, President Figueres--673, 674, 682, 690 Dominican Republic, President Fernandez--673, 682 El Salvador, President Calderon--673, 674, 682 Guatemala, President Arzu--673, 674, 682 Honduras, President Reina--673, 682 Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico's Democratic Revolutionary Party--665 President Zedillo--652, 653, 654, 662, 663, 665, 666, 671 Nicaragua, President Aleman--673, 682 Proclamations Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month--649 Jewish Heritage Week--686 Mother's Day--671 Proclamations--Continued Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week--672 Resignations and Retirements Labor Department, Cynthia Metzler, statement--649 Statements by the President See also Resignations and Retirements Justice Department appeal of tobacco regulation--644 Juvenile crime legislation--686 Sandra Feldman, election as president of the American Federation of Teachers--665 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--694 Checklist of White House press releases--694 Digest of other White House announcements--692 Nominations submitted to the Senate--693 [[Page 637]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 637-640] Monday, May 12, 1997 Volume 33--Number 19 Pages 637-694 Week Ending Friday, May 9, 1997 Interview With the San Antonio Express News, the Los Angeles Times, and the Dallas Morning News May 1, 1997 The President. Hello? Elizabeth Shogren. Mr. President, good morning. This is Elizabeth Shogren with the L.A. Times. The President. Hi, Elizabeth. Ms. Shogren. How's it going? The President. Fine, thank you. Mexico-U.S. Antidrug Efforts Ms. Shogren. I spoke with Senator Feinstein a couple minutes ago, and she mentioned to me some particular evidence of progress on drug issues that she'd like to see from your trip--in particular, indications from the Mexicans that they're going ahead with money-laundering law and will give DEA agents permission to carry sidearms. I wondered if you are going to press for measurable indications from Mexico of progress on the drug issues or if you have some other strategy? The President. Well, first of all, as you know because it's reported in the press today, the Mexicans have announced significant reorganization of their antidrug effort, which I think is very encouraging. And they have cooperated with us in a number of ways. As you know, we do have DEA agents assigned to our Embassy in Mexico City in a liaison capacity. We are committed, both of us, to increasing our law enforcement, counter-drug cooperation, and we're committed to the safety of our law enforcement personnel, and we're working with the Government of Mexico to make sure we can assure their security. So I feel that we will be able to resolve that. But our participation in task forces, in terms of being detailed to Mexico, will have to require some resolution of this safety issue, but we're working on it. They have done--in almost every other area, they have continued to cooperate with us and have produced a lot of results, and money laundering is the next thing we're working on. But I believe you'd have to say that Zedillo's government has worked with us. Now, we know what the problem is in a lot of these countries that are dealing with poor people, often living in reasonably remote areas and with unlimited amounts of money to try to corrupt local officials. But I believe that Zedillo and his team are committed to trying to work with us, not because they want to work with us any more than they want to clean up Mexico and have Mexico be a good place for the people who live there. We both have a huge stake in this anti-drug effort. Obviously, for us, we're trying to keep drugs from being imported into the United States; for them, they're trying to keep the narcotraffickers from undermining the integrity of their democracy and the long-term success and stability of their society. So I'm--that's why I've strongly supported continuing their certification status. I think they want to work with us, and we're going to keep doing it. Kathy Lewis. Mr. President, this is Kathy Lewis [Dallas Morning News]. The President. Hi, Kathy. Ms. Lewis. Hi. There was a report this weekend that the U.S. has quietly been debating proposals to impose economic penalties against Mexican drug traffickers. How seriously are you considering freezing U.S. assets and blocking traffickers' access to their bank accounts? And have you made a decision? The President. Well, we work on that all the time. And if we can identify people whose assets--who are narcotraffickers and whose assets we can legally freeze, we would do that without hesitation. We have--I'm very encouraged that we have increased our capacity to identify, for example, Colombian companies that are essentially fronts for drug [[Page 638]] money and are able to freeze their assets and limit their activities in the United States. So we would do that for companies from anywhere, and we're working on it all that time. Mexico-U.S. Trade Gary Martin. Mr. President, this is Gary Martin with the San Antonio Express News. The President. Hi, Gary. Mr. Martin. Hi. Your administration has been criticized in Texas, by Texas officials, for banning organized labor and delaying the implementation of NAFTA accords that would allow Mexican and U.S. truckers to haul cargo into border States. What's being done to resolve that issue? And will we see an announcement lifting the ban made in Mexico City? The President. Well, we're working hard on that. But let me just say, we think there are some legitimate questions which we raised. And we believe that we're committed and duty bound to allow Mexican motor carriers and drivers to operate in the United States if they are safe. And we're trying to identify steps that we can agree upon between the United States and Mexico to jointly take to benefit the motor carriers and the customers and enhance public safety and security at the same time. Our trade--U.S.-Mexico trade came to $130 billion in 1996. If you have a relationship this broad, there is going to be some areas of disagreement, just like we have continuing areas of disagreement with our neighbor to the north, Canada. But that represents a very small portion of our bilateral commerce. And we have to try to resolve it. We've had a couple of other disagreements. We're trying to work through these things. But they're going to--we knew from the beginning that there would be some areas of disagreement, that no comprehensive agreement like this is perfect. But I think it's clearly been best for both Mexico and the United States. Certification Process and Antidrug Efforts
Other Popular 1997 Presidential Documents Documents:
|GovRecords.org presents information on various agencies of the United States Government. Even though all information is believed to be credible and accurate, no guarantees are made on the complete accuracy of our government records archive. Care should be taken to verify the information presented by responsible parties. Please see our reference page for congressional, presidential, and judicial branch contact information. GovRecords.org values visitor privacy. Please see the privacy page for more information.|
Supreme Court Decisions
104th Congressional Documents
105th Congressional Documents
106th Congressional Documents
107th Congressional Documents
108th Congressional Documents
1994 Presidential Documents