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It is, in fact, a strong signal to the entire world that we have been very serious about this diplomacy, and we will remain very serious about his diplomacy.
I want to again affirm that the United States remains committed to the territorial integrity of Georgia, to its democratic development. It is extremely important that the conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia be resolved on the basis of principles that respect that territorial integrity, that respect the need for them to be resolved peacefully.
This was an agreement that I think serves the interests of the Lebanese people, and since it serves the interests of the Lebanese people, it serves the interests of the US.
The United States, Iraq and Turkey share a common interest in stopping the activities of the PKK which threaten to undo the stability of the north, which clearly have resulted in deaths in Turkey.
The Annapolis conference has thus been the beginning, not the end, of a new serious and substantive effort to achieve peace in the Middle East. This work will be hard. It involves risks and sacrifices for all concerned. But today's events have demonstrated unambiguously that the international community will fully support the path the parties have chosen.
The United States does not support, and communicated it to the Pakistani leadership prior to this action, that it would not support extra-constitutional means.
The US is engaged in discussions with our allies, and those will continue. We will work during this time to address Russian concerns about the nature of the system, about what is our not-yet-shared view of the missile threat.
That which unites us in trying to deal with the threaths of terrorism, of cooperation, are much greater than the issues that divide us.
It's no secret that the US declares Hamas a terrorist organisation, and that we have been troubled by the fact that Hamas did what they did in Gaza against legitimate Palestinian institutions, against the legitimate institutions of the Palestinian Authority. (But) We will not abandon the innocent Palestinians in Gaza, and indeed will make every effort to deal with their humanitarian needs.
The United States is determined to assure our allies that we are going to be reliable in helping them to meet their security needs. And I want to emphasise that there is a very active and intensive diplomatic process in place too, that that diplomatic process would be accompanied by efforts to help our allies defend themselves against any threats. It is a positive agenda. It is not aimed at anyone.
The US will continue to argue that there must be consequences for Sudan if it does not live up to obligations it has undertaken.
We can no longer afford a situation in Darfur in which agreements are made and then not kept. And so the US will continue to argue that there must by consequences for Sudan if it does not live up to the obligations it has taken.
President Abbas has exercised his lawful authority as president of the Palestinian Authority and as leader of the Palestinian people. I'd remind everyone, he was elected in 2005 by a large margin and we fully support him.
As soon as Iran fully and verifiably suspends its enrichment and reprocessing activities, the United States will come to the table with our EU colleagues and meet with Iran's representatives.
Iraq needs for these creditors that have not yet done so to reduce or to forgive its Saddam era debts. Iraq also needs its Compact partners to provide continuing financial and technical assistance.
You would have to have a renunciation of violence as a foundational principle for peace. Obviously you would have to recognise the right of the other party to exist. It would be important to build on past agreements- that goes without saying- and the Road Map has a series of obligations that will have to be met.
We of course have said that we will await the formation of the government before making any decisions about it, and I think that is generally the view that is held in the international community as a whole.
I know of the struggles Mr. President to improve the circumstances of daily life for the Palestinian people, particularly in the difficult circumstances in which now there are internal conflicts among the Palestinian people. But I want you to know that our desire is for the Palestinian people to be able to live in unity and in democracy and in peace, with a government that can get the respect and the support of the international community.
New challenges on the ground call for changes to our strategy and in two days, President Bush will speak to the nation and announce a way forward to achieve success in Iraq. There will be new leadership of both our military and our diplomatic efforts. And the man President Bush wants to lead Embassy Baghdad is Ryan Crocker.
What I do think it is very important that everyone takes stock of the leverage that we have to get North Korea to return to the six-party talks and negotiate seriously the dismantlement of its nuclear weapons program.
This is an especially important time for our allies to work together. Our alliance is one of the most important pillars of peace and stability and it is stronger than ever and everyone should know that.
I reaffirm that the United States has the will and the capability to meet the full range, and I underscore, the full range of its deterrent and security commitments to Japan.
If you allow a failed state in that strategic of a location, you're going to pay for it. And I know that there's a sacrifice. And I know that it's hard work. And I know that there are times when it seems that things are not going in a straight line.
I still believe that if we really put our minds toward it, that it is entirely possible. Certainly we are talking about days and not weeks before we can get a ceasefire.
This morning, as I head back to Washington I take with me an emerging consensus on what is necessary for both an urgent ceasefire and a lasting settlement.
We need always to be cognisant of, and looking to, what kind of Middle East we are trying to build. It is time for a new Middle East. It is time to say to those who do not want a different kind of Middle East that we will prevail, they will not.
It is a difficult time for the people of Lebanon and it is a difficult time for the Palestinian people. If we have learned anything it is that any peace is going to have to be based on enduring principles and not on temporary solutions. We will talk about how to get to an enduring cessation of violence.
A ceasefire would be a false promise if it returns us to the status quo, allowing terrorists to launch attacks at the time and terms of their choosing and to threaten innocent people – Arab and Israeli – throughout the region.
As soon as Iran fully and verifiably suspends its enrichment and reprocessing activities, the United States will come to the table with our EU-3 colleagues and meet with Iran's representatives.
It is the agreement that indeed will enhance our cooperation, allowing the shared use of Bulgarian training facilities and strengthening our ability to operate together militarily.
We should not say and will not say who the prime minister of Iraq should be, who the president of Iraq should be, but that there must be (people in those positions) and soon. Responsible leaders in those positions is something that the international community has the right to expect.
The Iraqi People are rightly demanding that they have a government after they have braved the threats of terrorists to go to the polls and vote, and indeed the international partners, particularly the United States and Great Britain and others who have forces on the ground and have sacrificed here have a deep desire… and I think it's right to expect that this process will keep moving forward.
I know that we made tactical errors, thousands of them I am sure. This could have gone this way or that way but when you look back in history what will be judged is, did you make the right strategic decisions and if you spend all your time trying to judge this tactical issue or that tactical issue I think you miss the larger sweep.
We may face no greater challenge from a single country.
If a new Palestinian government led by Hamas is going to be able to meet the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a better life, it goes without saying that it cannot have one foot ion the camp of terror and the other foot in the camp of politics.
The United States' obligations under the CAT (Convention Against Torture) which prohibits of course cruel and inhumane and degrading treatment, those obligations extend to US personnel wherever they are, whether they are in the United States or outside the United States.
Many are extremely dangerous, and some have information that may save lives, perhaps even thousands of lives. The captured terrorists of the 21st century do not fit easily into traditional systems of criminal or military justice which were designed for different needs. We have to adapt.
This agreement allows Palestinians the freedom to move and lead ordinary lives. For the first time since 1967 they have control over who enters and exits their territory.
They should not, as they have done so far, be dismissive of this report. The attitude of the Syrian government should be one that they recognise that the international community expects them to take it seriously and cooperate.
Of course free and fair elections do not begin on the day of the election – prior to that there must be the ability of the opposition to organise, there must be opposition access to the press, so that voters can indeed have a free choice.
There is a fundamental contradiction between armed activities and the political process. We understand that this is a transition and I think everybody understands that this is a transitional process.
But what I think we would need to do right now is we just need to pull together as a country, try to get through this crisis period and then start helping people to rebuild their lives.
After all, history will surely judge us not by our old disagreements but by our new achievements.
I'm really reluctant to put a timetable on that because I think the goal is to get the mission accomplished and that means that the Iraqi's have to be capable of something before we lessen our own responsibility.
The work that America and our allies have undertaken and the sacrifices we have made have been difficult, necessary and right. Now is the time to build on these achievements to make the world safer and more free. We must use American diplomacy to help create a balance of power in the world that favours freedom. The time for diplomacy is now.