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March 24, 2005

President Bush and the leaders of Mexico and Canada
agreed, following a meeting, to increase security and
economic cooperation at a rare three-way summit
intended to ease recent tensions over trade,
immigration and defense that have divided the United
States and its two neighbors.

By inviting Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian
Prime Minister Paul Martin to meet him at the Bush
ranch, and later to join him for lunch and a ties-off tour
of his nearby ranch, Bush tried to put the rifts of his first
term behind him just as he had done during his recent
trip to Europe. But the one-day summit did nothing to
resolve the underlying issues that have stirred
resentment to both the north and the south.

"Look, we've got differences," Bush said at a news
conference with Fox and Martin after their main talks at
Baylor University. "I don't know if you'd categorize them
as differences that would then prevent us from finding
common ground. I don't view it that way. I understand
why people disagree with certain decisions I have
made, but that doesn't prevent us from cooperating."