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Press Statement
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 5, 2003


Secretary Powell's Meeting with Drafters of Geneva Initiative

Secretary Powell met today with the Israeli and Palestinian initiators of the Geneva Initiative, and reaffirmed America’s commitment to President Bush’s vision, articulated on June 24, 2002 of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.

The Secretary explained that the Quartet Roadmap provides the appropriate pathway for moving to the realization of that vision and that there are no shortcuts along the way. He stated that aspirations for peace and Palestinian statehood could be achieved only through committed efforts to end all terrorism and dismantle terrorist organizations, and promote genuine reform giving Palestinians new, democratic leadership. Similarly, Israel must meet its responsibilities under the roadmap, including removing unauthorized outposts and freezing settlement activity. The realization of this vision requires the active engagement of all parties -- Israel, the Palestinians, the Arab states, and the international community.

The Secretary stated that the United States remains actively engaged in promoting peace and hopes that private citizens’ activities will improve cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Released on December 5, 2003

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