Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, June 3, 1999


Attorneys General pledge continued cooperation on border issues

SAN ANTONIO - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn was joined today by both U.S. and Mexican Attorneys General in signing a Joint Communique that pledges binational legal cooperation on existing and emerging border issues.

"This document is a crucial first step in laying the groundwork for continued progress in a host of areas of concern to those on both sides of the border,"General Cornyn said. "It will serve as a foundation on which my colleagues and I can build in the years ahead," Cornyn added.

In addition to Texas, the Joint Communique was also signed by the Attorneys General of Arizona, California, New Mexico from the United States, and by the Mexican Attorneys General of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora and Tamaulipas.

Along with the Attorneys General, the San Antonio conference was attended also by other state officials including Secretary of State Elton Bomer, Texas Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Reyn Archer and Texas Supreme Court Justice Al Gonzales. Private attorneys, and other legal professionals from the United States and Mexico also attended. Issues discussed at the conference included Article 4 criminal prosecutions, drug trafficking and money laundering, NAFTA and border health and environmental issues.

"The past two days have been both enjoyable and productive," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I look forward to continuing discussions with my fellow Attorneys General on both sides of the border. The dialogue has been initiated and in my opinion we can only move forward from here. It has been my pleasure hosting the 18th U.S.-Mexico Borders Attorneys General Conference, and I look forward to our next meeting," Cornyn added.