U.S. Under Secretary of State William Burns Remarks MEI Conference

Published November 11th, 2009 - 01:08 GMT

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STORY SUMMARY: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, William J. Burns
spoke at the annual Middle East Initiative Conference "Rewriting the Middle East
Agenda".  Ambassador Burns stated the U.S. goals for peace in the region, and
emphasized the U.S. policy regarding the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.

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  --  Clip TRT:  2:08 -- Burns at the Podium:

 

Soundbite #1 Description: TRT:  1:05 Under Secretary Burns defines America's
contribution to a positive agenda in the Middle East which includes peace between
Israelis and Palestinians, support for the emerging new Iraq, facing challenges with
Iran, and meeting goals of building economic and political hope for the region.

In Cue: Progress is possible toward realizing the President's vision, toward
realizing a positive agenda for the Middle East.  Such progress is the ultimate
antidote to the fundamentally negative agenda of violent extremists who are much
better at describing what they want to destroy rather than what they want to build.

Out Cue: We cannot successfully neglect one priority in the pursuit of others.
Progress will inevitably be uneven, but it is important to connect the dots among
issues, and pursue a comprehensive strategy.

Soundbite #2 Description: TRT:  1:01 Under Secretary Burns reiterates the U.S.
policy toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In Cue: Our goal is clear, two states living side by side at peace, in security.
The Jewish state of Israel with which America retains unbreakable bonds, with true
security for all Israelis, and a viable independent Palestinian state with
contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, that ends the
daily humiliations of Palestinians under occupation, and that realizes the full and
remarkable potential of the Palestinian people.

Out Cue: It means building on previous on previous agreements, resolving the core
issues of the conflict, and settling it once and for all.  At every step of this
process, the United States will be an active and creative partner.

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