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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, April 15, 2002 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Pages 571-618 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders ``Charity Aid, Recovery, and Empowerment Act of 2002,'' proposed-- 611 Connecticut ``Citizen Service Act,'' remarks on proposed legislation in Bridgeport--597 Republican luncheon in Greenwich--602 Human cloning legislation--608 Radio address--576 Tennessee Citizens Corps in Knoxville--582 Citizens Police Academy tour in Knoxville--582 Middle East, remarks in Knoxville--582 ``Terrorism Risk Protection Act,'' proposed--586 Communications to Congress India-U.S. treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters with documentation, message transmitting--597 Interviews With the News Media Interviews United Kingdom's ITV television network--571 Wall Street Journal--589 Interviews With the News Media--Continued News conference with Prime Minister Blair of the United Kingdom in Crawford, TX, April 6--577 Meetings With Foreign Leaders North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Secretary General Lord Robertson--607 United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--577 Proclamations National D.A.R.E. 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[[Page 571]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 571-576] Pages 571-618 Week Ending Friday, April 12, 2002 Interview With the United Kingdom's ITV Television Network April 4, 2002 Situation in the Middle East Trevor McDonald. Mr. President, the situation in the Middle East is desperate beyond words. How far are you prepared to go to resolve the crisis? The President. Well, today, I gave a speech which shows my resolve to work with all parties concerned to try to achieve a lasting peace. On the one hand, I called upon the Arab world to fight to cut off the money, to stop this business about glorifying suicide bombers by calling them martyrs, to make sure that the press does encourage violence and killing and murder. And on the other hand, I said Israel has a right to defend herself--I fully understand that--but that it's time for her to withdraw from the occupied territory. And the reason I feel that way is that I began to worry that the foundations necessary to achieve lasting peace were becoming eroded. In order for Israel to be able to exist, it requires the Arab world's willingness to encourage the conditions so that she can exist. And in order for there to be a Palestinian state, which I support, there needs to be the conditions so that a Palestinian state can exist. And those conditions were becoming eroded, so we acted strong. I'm sending our very capable Secretary of State, Colin Powell, to the region. He goes there with the mandate of working with the leadership in that part of the world, as well as with the European Union and others, to implement what the U.N. resolution--a recent U.N. Resolution 1042, which lays out the steps necessary to eventually get to a political solution. Mr. McDonald. But has this come a little late, Mr. President? The Secretary of State has been there before; the Vice President has been in the region; you've had General Zinni there. The President. I thought my speech came right about the right time. Mr. McDonald. But for so long now, for many, many days, if not weeks, people could see this situation spiraling rapidly out of control. The President. Well, the problem is, you can't see the killers. You can't see the suicide bombers. And what we're trying to do is to rally the world to expose them and to expose those who are funding them and to say to Iran, ``Stop it,'' and to Syria, ``You must choose.'' That's the problem. The invisible part of everything that you thought you could see, you can't see, which is killers who are going into Passover-type celebrations and killing people, killing innocent people. And we've got to stop that, Trevor; we just have to. In order for there to be peace, there must be--there must be a world effort to stop the suicide and the killers. Those people kill for one reason: to stop the peace, to stop a plan from coming into effect. And this silly notion about somehow our Government hasn't been involved is just silly. I mean, we've had Zinni there, as you said, the Vice President's there. The Secretary of State has been there in the past; he's going back. Mr. McDonald. So what is different this time? The President. Well, this time hopefully there is a resolve. Hopefully, there's a resolve to the needless killing and the loss of innocent life that responsible citizens stand up and say, ``Enough is enough.'' That's what I said today, ``Enough is enough.'' And I believe that. I'll tell you something else that is different. Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia laid out his initiative that essentially says the Arab world must recognize Israel's right to exist, [[Page 572]] which was a significant change, and we've got to seize on that bold initiative. Chairman Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Authority Mr. McDonald. Will Secretary of State Colin Powell meet Yasser Arafat? The President. I have no idea yet. I'll tell you what he is going to do. He's going to go work with the leadership to bring people together. My worry is, is that Yasser Arafat can't perform. He's been given plenty of opportunities. Mr. McDonald. Has he forfeited your trust? The President. He certainly hasn't earned it. Here's a man who said that he has signed onto Oslo, that he was going to fight off terror. We thought we had a cease-fire arranged. We were that close to a cease- fire, and the next thing we know, there's a suicide bomber that hits. We thought a couple of months ago that we thought we had an agreement. The next thing we know, he's ordered a shipment of arms from Iran. Now, he's got a long way to go, and it starts with him proving that he can lead. He has let his people down, and there are others in the region who can lead and those who have called upon those others in the region to lead. And Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has taken a leadership role. President Mubarak of Egypt is a leader. King Abdullah of Jordan is a leader. And so Colin Powell is going to go to the region to gather those leaders up and to start a process hopefully that will lead to lasting peace. Mr. McDonald. You come pretty close to suggesting that Palestinians should look for another leader. The President. It's up to them. Far be it from the American President to get to decide who leads what country. I'm just telling you since I've been the President, the man hasn't performed. Situation in the Middle East Mr. McDonald. Is there an emerging difference between the United States and Britain about how this should be solved? The President. No, I don't think so. Mr. McDonald. Let me tell you, the British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, says sending in tanks to Ramallah and to Bethlehem is no response to suicide bombers. You seem to imply that anything should be done to counter terrorism. That's the difference. The President. No, actually---- Mr. McDonald. And a significant one. The President. I think I just told you that I asked for Israel to withdraw the cities which she now occupies, so the extent that that's what the Foreign Secretary says, that's fine. The man I talked to is Tony Blair, and I talked to him this morning and informed him about what I was going to say. And I gave him--he was the first foreign leader, by the way, I called to detail the speech that I delivered at 11 a.m. here in the U.S. And he was, one, appreciative of the phone call, it seemed like, and two, applauded what was going to be in the speech. He thought, at least--I hate to put words in somebody else's mouth, but from my perspective---- Mr. McDonald. [Inaudible]--that it was about time, did he---- The President. Those are your words, not his. War on Terrorism Mr. McDonald. Mr. President, turning to the war on terror, which you declared in the aftermath of the events of September 11th, hasn't it reached something of a stalemate? The President. Is that a serious question? Mr. McDonald. I meant it as a serious question. The President. Well, it's not. Well, no. Of course, we haven't had a stalemate. We're winning. I mean, we just arrested a guy named Abu Zubaydah. We crushed the Taliban; they're no longer in office. We've got schools open for the first time in Afghanistan, where girls are going. For the first time, young girls are going to school. It's been a glorious series of victories, thanks to friends such as the British. We've got a lot more work to do--don't get me wrong--but I don't think there's any stalemate to it. [[Page 573]] Afghanistan Mr. McDonald. At your request, the British are sending 1,700 more troops to Afghanistan. Is there a danger that they might become sucked into a never-ending commitment? The President. No. No, it's not, because we've got a plan on how to get out. But first things first. We've got to find those Al Qaida killers and bring them to justice. What the world needs to know is there are still a lot of these murderers on the loose. And that's what they are. And anybody who thinks that we can rehabilitate them just simply doesn't know the nature of the enemy. Usama bin Laden Mr. McDonald. And their leaders--on the loose, too. The President. Well, there's one less on the loose. And we don't know if Mr. bin Laden is on the loose. I don't know if you know, but I
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