- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 28, 2004

On guard in Canada

U.S. and Canadian officials are trying to ease tensions between the two countries over border security and terrorism.

Paul Cellucci, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, is praising Canadian cooperation, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin is pledging to increase spending on border security.

“We must be on guard,” Mr. Cellucci told the Canadian Society of New York on a visit last week. “There’s no relationship we have in the world that’s more important than our relationship with Canada.”



Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan in Ottawa pledged that Canada will not be a “weak link or a haven from which terrorists can attack” the United States.

The new spirit of cooperation follows criticism in the U.S. Congress over Canada’s border security and immigration policy.

Canadian Ambassador Michael Kerr this month complained that Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, was unfairly criticizing Canada, prompting Mr. Tancredo to write the ambassador to detail his worries about policing the border.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• Prime Ministers Fatos Nano of Albania, Simeon Saxe-Coburg Gotha of Bulgaria, Ivo Sanader of Croatia, Juhan Parts of Estonia, Indulis Emsis of Latvia, Algirdas Brazauskas of Lithuania, Branko Crvenkowski of Macedonia, Adrian Nastase of Romania, Mikulas Dzurinda of Slovakia and Anton Rop of Slovenia. They attend a White House ceremony on the expansion of NATO and hold a 4:30 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club. They are accompanied by foreign and defense ministers.

• Foreign Ministers Dimitrij Rupel of Slovenia, Miomir Zuzul of Croatia and Dragisa Burzau of Montenegro; Thomas Mayr-Harting, political director of the Austrian Foreign Ministry; and Stefan Lehne, director of the secretariat of the Council of the European Union. They participate in a European security forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Norwegian Parliament: Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland, First Vice Chairman Inge Lonning, Morten Hoglund, Bjorn Jacobsen, Jon Lilletun, Lars Rise, Christopher Stensaker, Finn Martin Vallersnes and Gunhild Oyangen. They will meet this week with members of Congress and officials at the State Department, Defense Department, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

• Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, who opens the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

• Ana Palacio, Spain’s outgoing foreign minister, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Tomorrow

• President Fradique de Menezes of Sao Tome and Principe, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Angolan Finance Minister Pedro de Morais. They discuss African oil in a forum sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• Borys Tarasyuk, a member of the Ukrainian parliament and leader of the reformist National Rukh of Ukraine Party. He addresses a forum organized by the Action Ukraine Coalition, the Ukrainian Federation of America and the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation.

• Boris Fedorov, former deputy prime minister of Russia, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Wednesday

• Former Colombia Govs. Flora Tunubala of Cauca and Luis Gilberto Murillo of Choco and Colombian psychologist Ludivia Giraldo Diaz. They discuss the condition of Colombian citizens of Indian and African heritage in a forum sponsored by the Inter-American dialogue.

Thursday

cAzmi Bishara, an Arab member of the Israeli parliament, who holds a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club to discuss the wall between Israel and the West Bank.

• Sergio Caramagna, an Argentine sociologist and chairman of the Colombian observation mission of the Organization of American States. He addresses the Inter-American Dialogue.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.

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