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Secretary Rice: Travel to New York, December 15-16, 2008

Date: 12/16/2008 Description: Secretary Rice addresses the UN Security Council on situation in the Middle East. © UN Photo
Secretary Rice Addresses Middle East Situation
Secretary Rice (Dec. 16): "[T]he situation today in the Middle East is very different than when President Bush came to office in 2001. At that time, the Camp David effort had collapsed; Israelis and Palestinians were in a vicious cycle of violence; suicide bombers were murdering innocent Israelis in cafes and restaurants and at Passover Seders, leaving the rest of the population living in constant fear; Israeli military incursions left scores of Palestinians dead and wounded, neighborhoods destroyed, and the economy in shambles. No image better captures that desperate time than the siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem."  View Video | Full Text
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in New York City Monday, December 15 to Tuesday, December 16.

While in New York, Secretary Rice met with her Quartet counterparts and other senior regional officials to discuss efforts to achieve positive and lasting peace consistent with the Annapolis process. In addition, she attended a UN Security Council meeting to discuss with her counterparts ways to improve international cooperation on countering Somali piracy. Secretary Rice also had discussions on the crisis in Zimbabwe, in addition to meeting with European and Arab leaders to discuss issues of mutual concern.

Remarks made during the trip
--12/16/08  Combating the Scourge of Piracy
--12/16/08  Remarks Following Meeting Concerning Iran
--12/16/08  Remarks at the United Nations Security Council
--12/16/08  Situation in Somalia
--12/15/08 Remarks With Quartet Members
Information related to the trip
--12/15/08 Quartet Press Statement

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