For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 21, 2003
APEC Announces Important Commitments on Security
Today, President Bush welcomed APEC Leaders' agreement to new security commitments to dismantle terrorist groups, eliminate the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and confront other direct threats to the security of the region. These commitments on security will complement APEC's landmark 1994 Bogor Goals on free trade and investment.
Bangkok Security Commitments: APEC Leaders agreed to "dedicate APEC" not only to advancing prosperity, but also to the "complementary mission of ensuring the security of our people." Recognizing that terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction are "direct and profound challenges to APEC's vision of free, open and prosperous economies", Leaders pledged to take "all essential actions" to:
To operationalize these goals, Leaders pledged to discuss at each Leaders meeting their progress toward these security commitments, and to take specific actions in pursuit of them.
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