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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and
and Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy

Joint Statement on the Pacific Salmon Agreement
Washington, D.C., June 3, 1999
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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We are pleased to announce that U.S. and Canadian negotiators have reached an historic agreement on the elements of a ten-year accord to conserve and manage Pacific salmon. The agreement represents a victory for all those on both sides of the border interested in salmon conservation and the long-term viability of our salmon industries.

The comprehensive agreement, reached through vigorous diplomacy among the responsible parties, is designed to ensure the sustainability of the five Pacific salmon species through a combination of scientific cooperation, new funds to improve fisheries management and aid recovery of weakened salmon stocks, and necessary limits on salmon catches. The agreement is based upon a recognition in both countries that cooperation is essential if our common interest in the conservation of the salmon is to be protected.

We congratulate U.S. and Canadian negotiators James Pipkin and Donald McRae for their fine work. We also thank those whose leadership was crucial to the resolution of this long-standing dispute: Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans David Anderson, Senior White House Representative on Pacific Salmon Lloyd Cutler, U.S. Governors Tony Knowles (D-AK), Gary Locke (D-WA) and John Kitzhaber (D-OR), and the leaders of the 24 Treaty Indian tribes.

We pledge to conclude and implement this landmark agreement as soon as possible and to further this spirit of cooperation in U.S./Canada relations.

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