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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-iii]
Monday, May 12, 1997
Volume 33--Number 19
Pages 637-694

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Costa Rica
        Braulio Carrillo National Park--690
        Welcoming ceremony at the Central American summit in San Jose--
    Maryland, budget agreement announcement in Baltimore--640
        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 

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--
        May 8 (No. 144) with Central American leaders in San Jose, Costa 

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.



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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
        Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico's Democratic Revolutionary 
        President Zedillo--652, 653, 654, 662, 663, 665, 666, 671
    Nicaragua, President Aleman--673, 682


    Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month--649
    Jewish Heritage Week--686
    Mother's Day--671


    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 

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

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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 
    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

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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.

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