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Prepared Remarks of Attorney General

Alberto R. Gonzales
at Press Conference with E.U. and
Russian Officials
Vienna, Austria
May 4, 2006
Good morning.

I’d like to thank the Austrian Presidency of the European Union for inviting the
United States to participate in this multi-presidency meeting of the EU on Justice
and Home Affairs.

The European Union, by creating a “space of freedom, security, and justice,” has
not only advanced the interests of its citizens, but that of the world at large.

The United States has been privileged to work closely with the European Union on
Justice and Home Affairs issues.

Today, we were able to discuss how we can continue to develop our already close
working relationship on these issues of vital interest to people on both sides of the
Atlantic Ocean – and indeed the entire world.

We all share the responsibility to protect our citizens from international terrorism
and organized crime. We will focus on cyber crime, money laundering, border
security – including document security and preserving the integrity of documents
such as passports and visas – and of course we will continue to focus on drug
trafficking and trafficking in persons.

I appreciate the opportunity to explore these challenges with the upcoming EU


presidencies of Finland, Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia – as well as the past
presidency of the United Kingdom. I am also particularly grateful for the essential
support of EU vice-president Frattini and the Council Secretariat.

Finally, let me note the importance we attach to the opportunity to have met
together with our colleagues from the Russian Federation.
This is the first such meeting of the EU, the Russian Federation, and the United
States to discuss a range of issues of common concern in the areas of Justice and
Home Affairs.

This has been a very useful meeting – one which will surely lead to an even greater
strengthening of the friendship and cooperation among our nations.

Despite differences, we share a set of common goals – among them the desire to
safeguard our citizens, protect justice, and advance the cause of freedom.

Renewing our commitment to these goals – as we have during this meeting – will
help us accomplish them together.

Thank you.

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