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BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFERS TO HOST NEXT CITES CONFERENCE

 BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFERS TO HOST NEXT CITES CONFERENCE
 TWIN CITIES, Minn., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- President Bush has


invited the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to hold its Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Parties in the United States in the fall of 1994.
 The invitation, presented on behalf of the president and Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan by John Turner, head of the U.S. delegation and director of the Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service, was offered March 9 to the Secretary General of CITES at the Eighth Conference of Parties currently underway in Kyoto, Japan.
 "This invitation not only underscores the Bush Administration's strong, continuing commitment to international wildlife conservation program," Lujan said, "it also affords CITES the opportunity to return to the country where it originated to mark its 20th anniversary."
 As examples of the administration's commitment to conservation of global flora and fauna, Lujan cited Bush's leadership in restricting trade in sea turtles, the worldwide ban on driftnet use on the high seas, efforts to secure restricted trade in wild birds, and its widely praised initiatives to conserve wetlands and tropical forests in developing countries.
 The international treaty that became CITES was drawn up in Washington in 1973 to protect wildlife against exploitation and to prevent international trade from threatening species with extinction. The convention went into effect in 1975. More than 112 nations are now party to the countries.
 "CITES' accomplishments to date have been invaluable," Turner said. "There are literally hundreds of species of plants and animals alive and flourishing today that otherwise might have been severely harmed by unrestrained trade."
 A specific location and meeting dates for the Ninth Conference of the Parties to CITES will be announced later.
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 /CONTACT: Michael L. Smith, 202-208-5650 or 202-208-5634, or Susan Dreiband, 612-725-3519, both of the US Fish and Wildlife Service/ CO: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ST: Minnesota IN: SU:


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