December 15, 1998


The outpouring of support for Central America has come from Tierra Del Fuego to Alaska, and will continue to do so. Central America is the natural bridge that bonds North and South America. We share more than just borders with the 32 million people of Central America --we share family. Our lives are forever linked.

Tipper Gore
December 15, 1998

Today, Tipper Gore addresses a conference of private sector leaders at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to discuss the U.S. commitment to helping Central American nations damaged by Hurricane Mitch rebuild.

A Presidential Commitment To Help Countries Of Central America Rebuild. The devastation created by Hurricane Mitch did substantial damage to countries in Central America. Both First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tipper Gore have traveled to the region, surveyed damage, and announced efforts on behalf of the Administration. As the needs of Central American countries shift from emergency disaster relief to long-term reconstruction, the United States will be there to assist in any way we can. Last week, President Clinton announced his intention to visit the region next year to survey the recovery efforts.

Comprehensive Relief Aid For Distressed Nations. The United States has provided critical support to the Central American region since Hurricane Mitch struck. The U.S. has provided numerous resources, including:

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