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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [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 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Contents Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Arkansas Arrival in Little Rock--666 Reception for Senator Tim Hutchinson in Little Rock--667 Canada, Summit of the Americas in Quebec American Embassy community--652 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, message--659 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.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Meetings With Foreign Leaders--Continued Honduras, President Flores--639 Mexico, President Fox--643, 644 Nicaragua, President Aleman--639 Panama, President Moscoso--639, 644 Proclamations 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 Act''--672 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 [[Page 639]] 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 [[Page 640]] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [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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