Message from the President to the Senate: Belize (7/27/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

                                                              For Immediate
Release                             July 27, 2000


     With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to
ratification, I transmit herewith the Extradition Treaty Between the
Government of the United States of America and the Government of Belize,
signed at Belize on March 30, 2000.

     In addition, I transmit, for the information of the Senate, the report
of the Department of State with respect to the Treaty.  As the report
explains, the Treaty will not require implementing legislation.

     The provisions in this Treaty follow generally the form and content of
extradition treaties recently concluded by the United States.

     The Treaty is one of a series of modern extradition treaties being
negotiated by the United States in order to counter criminal activities
more effectively.  Upon entry into force, the Treaty will replace the
outdated Extradition Treaty between the Government of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United States
of America, signed at London, June 8, 1972, entered into force on October
21, 1976, and made applicable to Belize on January 21, 1977.  That Treaty
continued in force for Belize following independence.  This Treaty will,
upon entry into force, enhance cooperation between the law enforcement
communities of the two countries.  It will thereby make a significant
contribution to international law enforcement efforts against serious
offenses, including terrorism, organized crime, and drug-trafficking

     I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to
the Treaty and give its advice and consent to ratification.

                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    July 27, 2000.

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