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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-640]
Monday, April 30, 2001
Volume 37--Number 17
Pages 639-677
Week Ending Friday, April 27, 2001
Remarks Prior to Discussions With Central American Leaders and an 
Exchange With Reporters in Quebec, Canada

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Weekly Compilation of



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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
         Arrival in Little Rock--666
         Reception for Senator Tim Hutchinson in Little Rock--667
    Canada, Summit of the Americas in Quebec American Embassy 
        Working session--640
    Environmental Youth Award winners--658
    Louisiana, New Orleans--660
    National Parks Week and National Volunteer Week--655
    National Teacher of the Year Award, presentation--656
    NCAA men's and women's basketball champions--654
    Radio address--642
    Texas, Celebration of Reading in Houston--672

 Communications to Congress

    Colombia, national emergency with respect to significant narcotics 
        traffickers, letter transmitting report--660
    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--660

 Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
         Quebec, Canada--639, 643
         South Lawn--655
    News conference with Summit of the Americas leaders in Quebec, 
        Canada, April 22 (No. 5)--644

 Joint Statements

    North American Leaders' Statement--651

 Letters and Messages

    Forced Exile and Annihilation of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, 

 Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Argentina, President de la Rua--644
    Barbados, Prime Minister Archer--644
    Belize, Prime Minister Musa--639
    Brazil, President Cardoso--639
    Canada, Prime Minister Chretien--640, 644
    Chile, President Lagos--644
    Colombia, President Pastrana--644
    Costa Rica, President Rodriguez--639
    El Salvador, President Flores Perez--639, 644
    Guatemala, President Portillo--639
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was in Crawford, TX, on April 27, 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--Continued

    Honduras, President Flores--639
    Mexico, President Fox--643, 644
    Nicaragua, President Aleman--639
    Panama, President Moscoso--639, 644


    Loyalty Day--665

 Statements by the President

    Chernobyl nuclear power plant, anniversary of closing--672
    Earth Day--644

 Statements by the President--Continued

    House of Representatives action on the ``Unborn Victims of Violence 
    Senate action on legislation to clean up brownfields--665

 Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--677
    Checklist of White House press releases--676
    Digest of other White House announcements--674
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--675

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April 20, 2001

    The President. I want to thank the Presidents from some of the 
Central American countries for coming here. It's my honor to say once 
again hello to the President of El Salvador, the President of Panama, 
and the President of Honduras. Thank you all very much. I look forward 
to wide-ranging discussions on the benefits of trade, the need for us to 
continue to think about how best to have in place measures that will 
help in the case of future natural disasters, ways to continue to 
cooperate on issues of trafficking of people and arms and drugs.
    So I look forward to a very fruitful discussion. I'm honored you all 
are here. El placir es mio.
    I'll try to answer a few questions. Sandra [Sandra Sobieraj, 
Associated Press], have you got something?

Quebec Demonstrations

    Q. Sir, the protests have really flared up outside. What do you have 
to say to the protesters?
    The President. Well, if they are--if they're protesting because of 
free trade, I would say I disagree. I think trade is very important for 
this hemisphere. Trade not only helps spread prosperity, but trade helps 
spread freedom. And so I would just disagree with those who think that 
trade--somehow trade is going to negatively affect the working people 
and people for whom hope doesn't exist in some places. So we need trade. 
And I am convinced that the leadership that I met with agrees. And we 
can work together, because they understand that working together we can 
bring prosperity throughout our entire hemisphere.
    Secondly, I would hope that those out there expressing their opinion 
realize how important it is for the United States and Canada and Mexico 
to extend our agreements beyond our borders, to Central America and 
South America, where it's important to keep our neighborhood intact and 
to have a strong neighborhood. And these are our neighbors.
    I grew up in a world where if you treat your neighbor well, it's a 
good start to developing a wholesome community. So I understand some 
people don't like trade; I just strongly disagree with them.

Trade Promotion Authority

    Q. Mr. President, what are you telling summit leaders when they ask 
you how likely are you to get fast-track?
    The President. Well, first of all, they understand that trade 
promotion authority, or fast-track, will be very important for us in 
order to make sure that we can fulfill our hopes to have a free-trading 
hemisphere. But we also can and will discuss bilateral agreements or 
agreements with groups of countries. So it's a dual-track strategy.
    I hope Congress understands the hope and promise of trade promotion 
authority. It's important for the President to have trade promotion 
authority. It will make it a lot easier for us to complete the 
agreements that we're all discussing here in summits such as this.
    Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. Final question.
    Q. Mr. President, when you met with the President of Brazil----
    The President. You again.
    Q. Yes, it's me again--and the other Andean leaders, were they--just 
following up on fast-track--the fact that you don't have fast-track, did 
they express that as a concern?
    The President. Well, not really. They were more interested in, one, 
our commitment to the neighborhood. Secondly, they were--we spent a lot 
of time talking about

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drugs and drug trafficking, and I assured them I understood that our 
Nation must do a better job of reducing demand and, at the same time, 
working with the Andean nations to eradicate supply.
    An issue that came up, and one that I was aware of is that Plan 
Colombia could have the opportunity to spread the problems to 
neighboring countries outside of Colombia. And therefore, we have to put 
together an Andean initiative which recognizes that. And thirdly, that 
relations are--that we must have relations beyond just drug eradication. 
In other words, that we've got to work together to make sure the 
education systems in our respective countries fulfill their promise, 
that legal reforms are needed in some parts of the world.
    And so we had a very wide-ranging discussion, and I was most 
pleased, by the way, that the President of Brazil joined in the 
discussion, because it was--I thought it was a very good signal of his 
understanding the importance of the Andean region. And he plays a very--
his country plays a very important part and a very important role in 
that part of the world.
    Q. Thank you.
    The President. You got your wish. [Laughter]

Note: The President spoke at 5 p.m. in the Montcalm Room at the Loews el 
Concorde Hotel. In his remarks, he referred to President Francisco 
Flores Perez of El Salvador; President Mireya Moscoso of Panama; 
President Carlos Flores of Honduras; and President Fernando Henrique 
Cardoso of Brazil. Prime Minister Said Wilbert Musa of Belize; President 
Miguel Rodriguez of Costa Rica; President Arnoldo Aleman of Nicaragua; 
and President Alfonso Antonio Portillo of Guatemala also participated in 
the discussions. This item was not received in time for publication in 
the appropriate issue. A tape was not available for verification of the 
content of these remarks.

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[Page 640-642]
Monday, April 30, 2001
Volume 37--Number 17
Pages 639-677
Week Ending Friday, April 27, 2001
Remarks at the Summit of the Americas Working Session in Quebec

April 21, 2001

    Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. Amigo y amigos, it's an honor to be 
here. First, Mr. Prime Minister, I want to thank you for your warm 
hospitality, and I want to thank all those folks in your government who 
have worked hard to make this conference a success. My fellow Presidents 
and Prime Ministers and leaders of our hemisphere's 34 democracies, it 
is a great honor to be here.
    We have a great vision before us, a fully democratic hemisphere 
bound together by goodwill and free trade. That's a tall order. It is a 
chance of a lifetime. It is a responsibility we all share.
    Quebec City is a fitting place for us to begin. Many of the great 
cultures that have shaped our hemisphere converge in this city. Before 
Champlain ever sailed the St. Lawrence he sailed the Caribbean, visiting 
Mexico and Colombia, Puerto Rico and Panama. As a matter of fact, he was 
one of the first to propose a canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific so 
that trade may prosper. During the 400 years since Champlain's travels, 
our hemisphere, united by geography, has too often--too often--been 
separated by history of rivalry and resentment.
    But we have entered a new era. The interests of my nation, of all 
our nations, are served by strong, healthy democratic neighbors, and are 
served best by lasting friendships in our own neighborhood.
    My country, more than ever, feels the ties of kinship, commerce, and 
culture that unite us. And I'm proud to have the privilege so early in 
my administration to meet with all the leaders of this hemisphere's 
democratic countries.

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