IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2002

International Mayors Form New Alliance

New York, NY -- Closing a three-day meeting at which they exchanged ideas for fighting terrorism and promoting tourism, a group of 30 mayors representing eight countries today agreed to form a permanent "International Conference of Mayors" that will meet again next year.

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"The tragic and criminal acts of September 11th dramatically highlighted the interdependence of all people, the need to strengthen anti-terrorism efforts, and the critical role of mayors in their respective nation," says the joint communiqué and declaration of principles signed by the participants today, after they visited Ground Zero and heard from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The meeting, organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, included the mayors of Athens, Greece; Bonn, Germany; Accra, Ghana; Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; Denver, Colorado; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Other mayors who were not able to attend sent letters supporting creation of a new international alliance.

"This meeting demonstrated the value of open discussion and exchange of information, ideas, and best practices, as we all work to meet our many shared challenges in cities around the world," said New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

"This meeting demonstrated the solidarity among mayors from all over the world and offered us an opportunity to speak about our experiences after the terrorist attacks of September 11," said Bonn, Germany Mayor Barbara Dieckmann. "These attacks were not only attacks against the people of the United States but also against the free and democratic world. We are representatives of our citizens and we are dedicated to providing security for our cities. I look forward to future such exchanges."

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today.

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Lina Garcia, (202) 861-6719

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