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Middle East Peace

Iran's Nuclear Program
Secretary Rice (Jan. 12):
"Well, there are no perfect policies. These are tough choices. And one set of policies brings a set of consequences, other policies could bring even greater unintended consequences. Because after all, we are dealing with Iran not just in terms of its nuclear program, but also in a regional context. We have to remember that the United States has a new relationship with Iraq that is really central to the emergence of a different kind of Middle East which is going to be more stable and more favorable for American policies. That has to be taken into consideration when one considers how to deal with Iran." Full Text


Resolution Reached for Gaza Situation
Secretary Rice (Jan. 8):
"It is obviously a very serious situation in Gaza. And while our goal must be the stabilization and normalization of Gaza through the implementation of a durable and fully respected ceasefire and an end to all terrorist activities, I think that this resolution shows that the Council and the United Nations is indeed seized of the matter. This resolution is a step toward our goals. It reflects the international community’s concern about the circumstances in Gaza and its desire for a sustainable peace in Gaza." Full Text


Humanitarian Action Must Continue
Secretary Rice (Jan. 7):
"I just want to make one comment also about the humanitarian situation. We have deep concerns about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. I am pleased that the Israelis were able to open a humanitarian corridor and to provide a pause for humanitarian action, but that needs to be repeated again and again because the people of Gaza need to be in a position to be able to get a lifeline to goods and supplies and to sanitation and to medical help." Full Text | P3 + Arab Group Meeting | Fact Sheet


Remarks At the United Nations Security Council Session On the Situation in the Middle East
Date: 01/06/2009 Location: New York City Description: Secretary speaks during a Security Council meeting about the situation in Gaza at United Nations Headquarters. © AP PhotoSecretary Rice (Jan. 6):
"The United States is, of course, deeply concerned about the situation in Gaza, which is clearly worsening. We have been working around the clock to try and end the violence there. The ongoing attacks against Israel and the decision that Hamas made not to respect the previous period of calm shows us that when this ends there must be new arrangements in place, not a return to the status quo ante. It is imperative that any cease-fire is durable and sustainable, and that it ensures the safety and security of Israelis and Palestinians alike." Full Text

  
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