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Deputy Secretary Zoellick: Travel to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Brazil

Deputy Secretary Zoellick talks to children from the United Nations elementary school about their class work during his recent visit to Nicaragua.
Deputy Secretary Zoellick talks to children from the United Nations elementary school about their class work during his recent visit to Nicaragua.
Deputy SecretaryZoellick traveled to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Brazil October 3 - 7 to discuss bilateral relations as well as hemispheric priorities of strengthening and expanding democracy, fighting corruption and promoting greater economic growth and prosperity.

"I look forward to visiting Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Brazil and hearing the views of government officials, legislators and leaders of the civil and business communities as to how we can work together to promote democracy, prosperity and opportunity in our Hemisphere," said Zoellick.

In Nicaragua, Zoellick met with President Bolanos and senior government officials, along with leaders of various political parties, and with leaders of pro-democracy citizen groups that are opposing the attempted subversion of Nicaraguan democracy. He also met with Dante Caputo, the OAS special envoy, who is working to mediate Nicaragua’s political crisis.

"The United States believes the roots of democracy that have taken hold in Nicaragua must continue to be nurtured and strengthened. We support the Bolanos administration and oppose anti-democratic efforts to intimidate the government. I look forward to a dialogue with those who are committed to Nicaragua’s democracy and who oppose corruption," said Zoellick.

In Brazil, Zoellick met senior government officials, along with opinion leaders. In addition he announced the selections within the Embassy’s 2006 Youth Ambassadors program.

"As two large and vibrant democracies, Brazil and the United States share many goals, and we value our friendship and good relations. Brazil has taken a leadership role in stabilizing Haiti, and I look forward to discussing how the United States and Brazil can work together to strengthen democracies throughout the region," added Zoellick.

Deputy Secretary Zoellick examines jeans and clothing accessories made at the Koramsa plant in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Deputy Secretary Zoellick examines jeans and clothing accessories made at the Koramsa plant in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
In Guatemala, Zoellick met with President Berger and senior government officials, participated in a discussion with members of civil society, and toured a manufacturing facility that uses U.S. inputs and which will benefit from the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Guatemala and the United States have both ratified CAFTA, and it is scheduled to come into force on January 1 between the countries that have ratified it.

"I want to hear from Guatemalans about how they see CAFTA’s implementation, along with other reforms, as part of their efforts to promote economic growth as well as strengthening their society," said Zoellick

Zoellick was in Guatemala on Monday, October 3; Nicaragua on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4 and 5; and, in Brazil on Thursday, October 6.

Nicaragua and Costa Rica have not ratified CAFTA. The United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic have ratified CAFTA.

Remarks by Deputy Secretary Zoellick
10/06/05  Press Availability with Brazilian Finance Minister Antônio Palocci
10/06/05  Press Roundtable in Brazil
10/06/05  Official Announcement of the Participants of the 2006 edition of the Youth Ambassadors Program
10/04/05  Press Availability with Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos
10/03/05  Press Availability with the Associated Press
10/03/05  Press Availability with Guatemalan President Oscar Berger


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