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Mexican President Backs Canada in Lumber Dispute With US

Mexican President Vicente Fox has expressed support for Canada in its trade dispute with the United States over softwood lumber.

Speaking in Vancouver, Canada Friday, Mr. Fox said the United States, Canada, and Mexico must abide by rulings made under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

A NAFTA arbitration panel recently ruled that the United States should not impose hefty tariffs on imported Canadian lumber.

The United States has not lifted the tariffs. It says Canada's government subsidizes lumber exports, creating an unfair advantage over U.S. timber companies.

Referring to the lumber dispute, Mr. Fox said Mexico regrets any "unilateral decision" that fails to abide by rulings under NAFTA.

The Mexican leader made the comments at the end of a two-day visit to Canada.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.