Statement by the President: Sea Turtles Legislation (10/12/00)
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                         Office of the Press Secretary

  For Immediate Release
October 12, 2000

                           STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I am pleased today to sign the instrument of ratification for the
Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles.
This treaty is the first international agreement dedicated solely to raising
standards for the protection of sea turtles.

     All six species of sea turtle found in the Western Hemisphere are
threatened or endangered, some critically so. The extensive migration patterns
of these majestic creatures span thousands of miles in both the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans. Consequently, effective conservation measures depend on close
international cooperation.  This treaty fosters that cooperation and serves as a
model for others focused on conserving the world
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?s most endangered species.

     This Convention also demonstrates that countries can work together=
protect marine life, and that our trade and environment policies can be=
supportive. I commend the Senate for giving its advice and consent to
ratification of this important agreement.



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