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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Pages 817 901 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks American Conservative Union 40th anniversary gala--885 Arkansas, Butterfield Junior High School in Van Buren--856 Execution of Nicholas Berg--870 Maryland Departure for Bethesda--870 Discussion at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda--870 Millennium Challenge Account nations, ceremony honoring--847 Missouri, Victory 2004 luncheon in Bridgeton--890 Radio address--846 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots--855 Virginia, meeting with the national security team and military leaders in Arlington--849 West Virginia, discussion at Parkersburg South High School in Parkersburg--875 Wisconsin LaCrosse, remarks--837 Prairie du Chien, question-and-answer session--824 Communications to Congress Budget amendment to establish a contingent emergency reserve fund to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, letter--875 Executive order blocking property of certain persons and prohibiting the export of certain goods to Syria, message reporting--868 Executive Orders Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of Certain Goods to Syria--865 Increasing Economic Opportunity and Business Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders--882 Interviews With the News Media Interviews Al-Ahram International--817 American Forces Radio and Television Service--851 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in Mequon, WI, on May 14, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week. [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Proclamations Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month--843 Mother's Day--845 National Physical Fitness and Sports Month--844 Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week--846 Statements by the President Executive order blocking property of certain persons and prohibiting the export of certain goods to Syria--865 Statements by the President--Continued Panama-United States Proliferation Security Initiative ship-boarding agreement--874 Senate passage of the proposed ``Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act''--882 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--901 Checklist of White House press releases--901 Digest of other White House announcements--898 Nominations submitted to the Senate--900 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 817]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 817-824] Pages 817 901 Week Ending Friday, May 14, 2004 Interview With Al-Ahram International May 6, 2004 U.S. Goals in the Middle East Q. I have learned that President Mubarak sent you, recently, two important messages. I don't know, I mean, the contents of these messages, but I assume that of course it be linked by the situation in Iraq and Palestine. I would like to ask, in the beginning, one general question about how do you look at this vision of the Middle East. The President. Well, first of all, I communicate with President Mubarak a lot, because I value his judgment, and we've got a frank relationship where if he thinks things are going badly, he'll tell me. In other words, he doesn't gloss over. I think that things in the Middle East for the United States are difficult right now. I think they're difficult because people don't really understand our intentions. I think they're difficult because some people ascribe bad values and bad motives to the American people and the American Government. Our intentions are to work for free societies and peaceful societies. Our intentions are to protect our own security, on the one hand, but also enable people to live in peace. Obviously, our reputation has been damaged severely by the terrible and horrible acts, inhumane acts that were conducted on Iraqi prisoners. Today, I can't tell you how sorry I am to them and their families for the humiliation. I'm also sorry because people are then able to say, ``Look how terrible America is.'' But this isn't America. That's not--Americans are appalled at what happened. We're a generous people. I don't think a lot of people understand that, so I've got to do a better job of explaining to people that we're for a lot of things that most people who live in the Middle East want. We want there to be peace. We want people to have a living. We want people to send their kids to schools that work. We want there to be health care. We want there to be a Palestinian state at peace with its neighbors. We want there to be reform. We want people to have a chance to participate in the process. But I'd say right now times are tough for the United States and the Middle East. Q. I have four topics, Mr. President: Iraq, the Israeli-Arab issue, the so-called greater Middle East, and bilateral--which one do you choose of them, Mr. President? The President. Whatever you want to do, sir. You're the distinguished journalist. Arab-Israeli Conflict Q. Thank you very much, indeed. Okay, I will shoot for the Arab- Israeli conflict. The President. Okay. Q. Many Arabs feel that after the letter of assurances you gave to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, any future Palestinian state would exist on less than half what the partition plan offered them in '47. How do you reconcile this with a moral concept of justice? The President. First of all, I made it very clear in my letter that I recognized circumstances had changed, but I made it very clear of a couple of very important points. One, that any final status would be negotiated by the parties, that would be the Israelis and the Palestinians, not the United States. We won't prejudge final status. Secondly, I made it clear that I supported what the Prime Minister had done, because I think it's a great opportunity for the establishment of a Palestinian state. I'm the first President ever to have articulated the vision of a Palestinian state. Q. I'm writing here, and I wanted to appreciate that very highly. The President. Well, I'll tell you, and I'm somewhat amazed, sir, that the debate has already started about what the end results are going to look like when we haven't even [[Page 818]] really begun yet to establish a state. I think the focus ought to be on putting the institutions in place for a Palestinian state that is peaceful and prosperous to emerge. I think it's very important for reform-minded Palestinians to step up and ask the world for help, in order to build the security apparatus needed for a state to grow: Ask for education help; ask for help to stimulate the entrepreneurial class so businesses will grow. I believe it'll happen. And when it does happen, the final status issues will be much easier to solve. In other words, when there is a state that's up and running and prosperous and has the confidence of Egypt and Israel and America and the EU and the rest of the world, it'll be much easier for these final-- these tricky issues to be solved between the two parties. And so now is the time not to be arguing over what the world will look like down the road. We ought to be arguing about what the world can look like this year. And that's why the roadmap is so important. The United States is firmly committed to the roadmap. I'm sending a letter to the--I announced today I'm going to send a letter to the Palestinian Prime Minister explaining that I'm committed to the roadmap, committed to two states living side by side in peace, but also reminding him it's now time to step up and show leadership, show leadership against the terrorists and show leadership in putting the institutions in place for a state to emerge. Palestinian Right of Return Q. The right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland and to be provided with compensation is legally assured in several U.N. resolutions. The President. Right. Q. The United States has also traditionally supported the right of refugees to return in recent major conflicts. How would you then justify making the Palestinian refugees an exception for accepted international laws under human rights conventions? The President. My comment, again, was this, that--and the right of refugees is a final status issue. And that's to be negotiated on between the Palestinians and the Israelis. When I said what has changed and what will change is when there's a Palestinian state to which Palestinians can go. There hasn't been one. And my point was, was that when a state is set up and the institutions are in place and people have a chance to make a living and it's peaceful, the entrepreneurial class is growing, small businesses, people are participating in the political process, that that's going to change the dynamic on the ground. I fully concede there's a lot--the compensation issue is an issue that's still being negotiated. The rights of--you know, the rights of Palestinians to return to Israel will be negotiated, but what I'm telling you is when a state emerges, it'll change the dynamic. And that's all I said in my comment. Again, I'll repeat to you, people want to focus on the future, when I think we ought to be focused right now on the right now, which is what is necessary to put a Palestinian state in place so people can have a chance to live in a hopeful society. And I'm frustrated, I must tell you, a little bit, because I think that there needs to be better leadership in saying, ``What can we do to help the Palestinian people develop a state?'' And there needs to be a new constitution, it seems like to me. And some of these reforms stalled. Heck, we've been talking about them for about 2 years, unfortunately, but now is an opportunity. And I think Prime Minister Sharon created an interesting dynamic, I really do, and that is withdrawal from the West Bank. You know, it wasn't all that
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