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Remarks With The Honorable Rudolph Giuliani After Their Meeting

Secretary Colin L. Powell
C Street Entrance
Washington, DC
June 13, 2003

(9:35 a.m. EDT)

Secretary Powell and the Honorable Rudolph Giuliani shake hands at the State Department C Street Entrance, June 13, 2003.SECRETARY POWELL: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It has been my great pleasure to spend a few moments with my good friend, my former mayor, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has accepted a mission that we asked him to accept, and that is to head the U.S. delegation to a conference in Europe held by the OSCE, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Fifty-five nations will come together at this conference to talk about a pressing issue that is of concern to everyone in Europe and all of us here in the United States, and that is the rise of anti-Semitism is Europe, manifested in incidents and ugly words and other expressions that are not tolerable in today's world.

And so this important conference will assemble to discuss what might be done, to see if we can get all of the nations to recognize this kind of activity, anti-Semitism, as a human rights issue for all of us to be concerned about. And I know no one better able to make the case for the United States or who has a greater understanding of these kinds of issues than Mayor Giuliani.

And so, Rudy, on behalf of the President, I thank you for your willingness to undertake this mission.

MR. GIULIANI: Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary. Thank you, and thank the President for me. I appreciate the opportunity to do this, leading a delegation of members of Congress, people from religious and private groups, to focus on the issue of the growing number of incidents of anti-Semitism in Europe, the connection it might have to other things and the way in which to approach it in a positive way so that it's dealt with at an early stage and turned around.

Coming from New York City and having had the experience of being mayor of the world's most diverse city, you learn a great deal about the different communications and ways in which people have to deal with each other, and the value of having a focus on hate crimes and hate incidents so that you can reduce them. You can find out where they're happening. Are they getting worse? Are you improving? And then focusing your attention on those places in which you have to educate people or you have to deal with people who are wrongdoers. And the fact that this organization is giving attention to this at this level, I think is a very positive sign that we will be able to deal with it at this stage and start to turn it in the right direction.

And finally, the recognition that when you deal with anti-Semitism you're dealing with one of the oldest forms of prejudice in our history, but at the same time, although there are very, very unique characteristics to anti-Semitism, both historical and otherwise, the whole aspect of prejudice and hatred should be a unifying thing, because people who engage in acts of anti-Semitism, it's been my experience, are also people who engage in acts of racism, anger and hatred and irrational reactions to foreigners and people who are different. So if you can take a unified look at this, you can develop a coalition to really do something about it.

And I thank you again for the opportunity to serve.

SECRETARY POWELL: Thank you, again, Mayor Giuliani. And the mayor has to leave for New York right away, and so I just express my thanks once again, and you're on your own, dude.

MR. GIULIANI: Good luck.

(The Secretary escorts the mayor to his car.)

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, there are reports this morning that the Israelis have said that they are going to have -- that they're going to target Hamas leaders. Is that helpful to this peace process?

SECRETARY POWELL: I haven't seen those reports. We have had good conversations yesterday and overnight, and we know that there have been conversations between the two sides. And both sides have indicated to me that they want to stay with the commitments they made to the world and to President Bush last week.

So we are continuing on with the roadmap and in efforts to get both sides to start taking the steps that were laid out in the roadmap, the early stages of the roadmap.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, have the Israelis given you any reason to believe that they'll start showing some restraint in terms of their retaliation against Palestinian targets?

SECRETARY POWELL: I think we all are anxious to see restraint and we understand that it is important to get the terror down, and if the terror goes down, then the response to terror will no longer be required. So we have to get moving, bring the terror down. All of our efforts are focused on Hamas and persuading Hamas and Islamic Jihad and other terror organizations that this is the time to abandon terror. The Prime Minister of the Palestinian people, of the Palestinian Authority, last week called for the end to the armed Intifada, speaking on behalf of the Palestinian people. And we hope that anyone who claims or pretends to represent the interests of the Palestinian people and that is interested in the creation of a state for the Palestinian people will listen to his words and listen to the pleas from the international community to end this kind of activity so we can get going.

We have a plan. We have the commitment of leaders and now we have to execute that plan and keep moving forward and not allow ourselves to be distracted or thrown off point from the promise that's out there with the roadmap by this surge of violence. We've got to punch our way through with it, punch our way through it, and get on with the steps called for in the roadmap.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, but there are calls for some sort of third-party force, like NATO or UN, to go in now.

SECRETARY POWELL: There are always calls for third-party forces and other approaches, and there are always calls. We have a roadmap. Both sides know what their obligations are and we are going to drive forward on the roadmap.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, how will you characterize the relations with Mexico? You're going to meet up with your counterpart, your Mexican counterpart, in a few minutes.

SECRETARY POWELL: Excellent. The very fact that I am meeting with Luis Derbez suggests that our relations are good, and we have many issues to discuss and I look forward to seeing Secretary Derbez.

QUESTION: Will there be any changes in the agenda in light of your differences in the Security Council?

SECRETARY POWELL: We always go over our full agenda, from trade to immigration to Security Council issues, and I'm pleased Mexico has supported us in two recent votes before the Council. Water issues, agricultural issues -- Luis and I always find more than enough to occupy our time.

Thank you.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, have you made a decision on Serbia yet?




QUESTION: Certifying them.

SECRETARY POWELL: Oh. No, I have not yet received recommendations from my staff.

Thank you.

QUESTION: Sir, on Sunday you criticized Israel. You said you were deeply troubled by their attacks. Why not -- why didn't you criticize them yesterday for their attacks?

SECRETARY POWELL: You really don't know what I might have done or not done in the course of an entire day. Right now, we are anxious to get both sides moving forward on their commitments. And I think it is clear what we want -- Hamas to stop it, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, al-Aqsa Brigades -- all of them to stop it, and both sides meet the obligations they have under the roadmap and that they made at the Aqaba summit.

Released on June 13, 2003

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