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Canada, U.S. and Mexico forge deal on cargo inspection, security

WACO, Texas -- Prime Minister Paul Martin has signed a deal with the United States and Mexico that aims for 3-way c...


WACO, Texas — Prime Minister Paul Martin has signed a deal with the United States and Mexico that aims for 3-way coordination on security, trade and public health issues.

Martin, U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox met for a summit today in Texas during which the three leaders agreed to boost border security and forge common approaches on cargo inspection and maritime and aviation safety, reports the Canadian Press.

The deal, called the Security and Prosperity Partnership, permits any two of the three countries move on an issue with the third joining in later.

The agreement also proposes a trinational energy strategy, the elimination of varying regulations that are costly to business, and plans to respond to emergencies, drug smuggling, illegal migrants and organized crime.

Ministers from the three countries will work on the details and report back within 90 days, and then twice a year, says a CP report.


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