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For Immediate Release
October 29, 2002

Global Message


  • In Los Cabos, Mexico, President Bush and other APEC Leaders issued a statement condemning in the strongest terms the recent terrorist attacks in Bali, Indonesia, the Philippines and Moscow, and pledging to accelerate counterterrorism cooperation.

  • APEC Leaders also joined in issuing an unprecedented statement calling on North Korea to "visibly honor its commitment to give up nuclear weapons programs."

  • President Bush secured APEC agreement on a US-driven "Statement on Fighting Terrorism and Promoting Growth" designed to enhance our security while growing our economies. The Statement commits APEC members to specific measures to protect key Pacific Rim sectors - trade, finance, and communications - from terrorist exploitation and attack.

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