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Condoleezza Rice Meeting

Asked if the Prime Minister had received any impression from his meeting with Dr. Rice last night that she was right to believe there was now a desire for progress from both Israel and Palestine, the PMOS said that from our own experience when we visited the region before Christmas that we did believe that there was a willingness to move forward in what were admittedly difficult circumstances. Therefore, what we would continue to try to do would be to identify ways in which we could help that process. It was a process that needed the engagement, not just from ourselves and the US, but also from the international community as a whole.

Asked if the Prime Minister was optimistic or pessimistic after hearing Dr. Rice’s briefing of her visit, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister believed that there was a chance for making progress, and there was engagement on the part of the US in helping to make progress, and that there was a willingness to do so on the ground. What we had to do was to continue to make progress. The PMOS drew people’s attention to the fact that today, Israel had announced that it was transferring money to the PA. If people remembered, that meeting between President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert would prove the things that the Prime Minister had identified as necessary to move things forward whenever we were in the region before Christmas. The PMOS said that with all peace processes, he had always resisted the pessimism/optimism question. The reality was that peace processes went up and down. The questions were, however: had there the potential for moving forward, and had there been positive developments in the last few weeks? Answer: yes. Did we need to keep moving forward? Answer: yes

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  1. Condi should have been sent back to America with her bloodstained broomstick between her legs. Tone keeps good company, doesn’t he? He hope he and Condi share a cell together when justice finally comes along

    Comment by Colin Powell — 19 Jan 2007 on 10:02 pm | Link
  2. This is what the Americas think of Rice:

    <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/18/AR2007011801881.html">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/18/AR2007011801881.html</a&gt;

    Comment by Carol — 20 Jan 2007 on 11:31 pm | Link

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