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14 April 2002

State Department Comment Following April 14 Powell-Sharon Meeting

(Boucher says Powell will travel to Beirut and Damascus April 15)
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Following is the transcript of a brief comment by State Department
Spokesman Richard Boucher April 14 after Secretary of State Colin
Powell met in Israel with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:
(begin transcript)
Press Availability
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Jerusalem
April 14, 2002
Remarks after Secretary Powell's meeting with Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon
AMBASSADOR BOUCHER: Secretary of State Powell had a very good and
thorough discussion with Prime Minister Sharon this evening. He
discussed with Prime Minister Sharon some ideas on how to achieve what
Israelis and Palestinians want: an end to the violence and moving
forward on the political issues. He stressed our serious concerns
about the humanitarian situation, particularly in Jenin. We note that
Israel continues to withdraw. The Secretary pressed for its
completion.
He will be traveling to Beirut and Damascus tomorrow for discussions
of another situation of urgent and serious concern: firing across the
UN line at Israel's northern border. He will return to Jerusalem
tomorrow evening. We have no schedule yet for Tuesday.
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(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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