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President Obama Holds a News Conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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Monday, August 10, 2009; 1:21 PM

MEXICAN PRESIDENT FELIPE CALDERON (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): Right Honorable Mr. Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada, Right Honorable Mr. Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, ladies and gentlemen, representatives of the media, national as well as international, the leaders from the United States, Canada, and Mexico have completed two fruitful workdays for the benefit of our nationals (ph). The leaders for North America share the vision and insight for one (inaudible) regional community that is safe, secure and competitive, that can face successfully the challenges of the present and the future.

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We coincide in pointing out that in an age marked by globalization, the challenges can only be overcome jointly. Thus, the importance of keeping the dialogue, trust and cooperations amongst our three countries.

Americans, Canadians and Mexicans have reiterated that the values upon which our societies are founded are democracy, freedom, justice and the respect of human rights.

Our three nations have reiterated our decision to combat and struggle transnational organized crime in order to bring about more security to our communities.

The struggles we have led in Mexico for the rule of law and the security of our Mexican people forces us to stop the traffic of weapons and of money that go from north to -- from north to south, that strengthen and nourish organized crime gangs.

The notions of responsibility, co-responsibility (ph), accountability, the exchange of information and the building of our institutions should be the guidelines for our cooperation (inaudible).

In this international crisis context, the three states that make up the North American region have to take the leadership and foster and boost the necessary measures to recover our economic growth.

In our task, we have had to implement countercyclical measures in the three countries that have been put into action. And in a coordinated manner, we can stabilize our economies and bring about trustworthiness and certainty in regard to the future of the global economy.

CALDERON (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): These steps are necessary to build our financial international institutions, such as the World Bank (ph) International Monetary Fund, which are fundamental to guarantee the flow of the financial resources.

In the case of Latin America, the support that will enable us to recapitalize the inter-American (ph) bank development will be the best action for help and commitment in regard to the poor countries in the region on behalf of the North American countries.

I am certain that at the next G-20 meeting that shall take place in Pittsburgh, in the United States, will be a great opportunity to build the necessary agreements to reform these organizations that are key in the recovery of our economies and our reprisal (ph).

I thank President Obama for fostering this meeting in Pittsburgh. And likewise, I think the United States, Mexico and Canada have to restart our agreements.


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