Letter from the President to the Senate: Treaty Between US and Costa Rica
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                          September 5, 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 Republic of Costa Rica
for the Return of Stolen, Embezzled, or Appropriated Vehicles and Aircraft,
with Annexes and a related exchange of notes, signed at San Jose on July 2,
1999.  I transmit also, for the information of the Senate, the report of
the Department of State with respect to the Treaty.

     The Treaty is one of a series of stolen vehicle treaties being
negotiated by the United States in order to eliminate the difficulties
faced by owners of vehicles that have been stolen and transported across
international borders.  Like several in this series, this Treaty also
covers aircraft.  When it enters into force, this Treaty will be an
effective tool to facilitate the return of U.S. vehicles and aircraft that
have been stolen, embezzled, or appropriated and taken to Costa Rica.

     I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to
the Treaty, with Annexes and a related exchange of notes, and give its
advice and consent to ratification.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    September 5, 2000.

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