Message from the President to the Senate: Mexico (7/28/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Boston, Massachusetts)

Immediate Release                             July 28, 2000


     With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to
ratification, I transmit herewith the Treaty Between the Government of the
United States of America and the Government of the United Mexican States on
the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf in the Western Gulf of Mexico
beyond 200 nautical miles.  The Treaty was signed at Washington on June 9,
2000.  The report of the Department of State is also enclosed for the
information of the Senate.

     The purpose of the Treaty is to establish a continental shelf boundary
in the western Gulf of Mexico beyond the outer limits of the two countries'
exclusive economic zones where those limits do not overlap.  The
approximately 135-nautical- mile con-tinental shelf boundary runs in a
general east-west direction.  The boundary defines the limit within which
the United States and Mexico may exercise continental shelf jurisdiction,
particularly oil and gas exploration and exploitation.

     The Treaty also establishes procedures for addressing the possibility
of oil and gas reservoirs that extend across the continental shelf

     I believe this Treaty to be fully in the interest of the United
States.  Ratification of the Treaty will facilitate the United States
proceeding with leasing an area of continental shelf with oil and gas
potential that has interested the U.S. oil and gas industry for several

     The Treaty also reflects the tradition of cooperation and close ties
with Mexico.  The location of the boundary has not been in dispute.

     I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to
this Treaty and give its advice and consent to ratification.

                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    July 27, 2000.

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