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North American Partnership Formed

September 22, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ The United States, Canada and Mexico, in a new North American partnership, said Wednesday they would work to help develop Central America, beginning with technical assistance in the recovery from Hurricane Mitch last year.

The main goal will be to develop drinkable water in a Central American nation to be selected later, the three countries said in a joint statement.

``The North American partnership is becoming a reality, as the economies and societies of Canada, the United States and Mexico grow increasingly interdependent,″ Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy and Mexican Foreign Secretary Rosario Green said in the statement.

The three officials issued the statement at the conclusion of a closed meeting was the second in a series that began in Merida, Mexico, last February. No other examples of projected cooperation were given.

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