President Bush, President Fox Discuss Migration, Trade, World Affairs
by the President and Mexican President Vicente Fox in Photo Opportunity
Los Cabos, Mexico
Version Presidency of Mexico]
Vicente, thank you for inviting us here. This is a very beautiful part of
the world, and we're so honored you're hosting this convention.
have a very good discussion, but I'm not surprised, after all, we're close
friends. We discussed trade, we discussed commerce. We did discuss migration.
Ever since I have been the President and Vicente has been the President, we have
had a mutual desire to deal with the migration issue in a way that recognizes
reality, and in a way that treats the Mexican citizens who are in the
with respect. And we will continue to work on this issue.
did talk about world peace, and Iraq. Mexico is a member of the Security
Council. We discussed how to keep the world peaceful, how to hold people to
account, how to make sure the United Nations is effective. And I appreciate so
very much the President and the Foreign Minister's desire to consult closely
with the United States
as we move forward to making the world more peaceful.
-- it's an honor to be here. It's going to be a very important conference, being
held in a beautiful spot and hosted by a good friend. Mr. President.
take a couple of questions.
President Bush, we know that -- we understand President Fox was going to talk to
you about the impact that your subsidies would eventually have on Mexican
illegal migration to the U.S. Did you have an answer for him?
Ask the question again -- agricultural subsidies?
yes. Well, here's the answer. The answer is, the long-term answer for the
migration issue is to work a way that encourages commerce on both sides of the
border, so people can find jobs here in
for starters. That's the long-term solution.
short-term solution, we've got to recognize that wage differentials are going to
cause people to want to come to the United States. And when they come to the
United States, we've got to work to make sure they're treated with respect. And
the issue is how do we recognize the reality of two societies with a wage
differential the way they are. Here on the border, the wage differential is
narrowing -- or on the border, wage differential is narrowing, so the migration
pressure tends to come from interior of Mexico and the south of Mexico.
of the things that the President and I have discussed in the past is how best to
develop industry together in the midst of Mexico, in the south of Mexico, so
that people are more likely to find work at home.
A senior administration official told us this morning that the goal with North
Korea is to isolate them. What is your strategy for doing that without winding
up in the same position that we were in, in 1994, with a failed agreement?
Well, I'm glad you asked a senior administrative official. Our goal is to work
with our friends in the region to convince Kim Chong-il to disarm. I made a
positive step yesterday in Crawford when the President of China made a public
declaration that he said, like the United States, we share the desire to make
sure the Korean
is nuclear weapons free.
after this meeting with President Fox, I'll be meeting with the leaders of Japan
and South Korea, where we'll continue this dialogue. So the strategy is to make
sure that our close friends and our allies and people with whom we've got
relations work in concert to convince Mr. Kim Chong-il that a nuclear weapons
free peninsula is in his interests, it's in South Korea's interests and it is in
the world's interests.
(Asked in Spanish.)
For President Fox -- it's the
same question, basically. For President Fox, are you prepared to support the
U.S. position at the U.N. and vote for a resolution authorizing force?
for President Bush, are there any consequences for nations that don't support
our position at the U.N.?
The only consequence, of course, is with Saddam Hussein. And if the U.N.
does not pass a resolution which holds him to account and that has consequences,
then as I have said in speech after speech after speech, if the U.N. won't act,
if Saddam Hussein won't disarm, we will lead a coalition to disarm him.
(Answered in Spanish.)
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October 27, 2002