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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 8, 2002

President Emphasizes Message to Middle East
Remarks by the President to the Press Pool Following Tour of the Citizens Police Academy
Knoxville, Tennessee

President's Remarks

12:06 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Let me say one thing before I leave. First of all, I meant what I said to the Prime Minister of Israel. I expect there to be withdrawal without delay. And I also meant what I said to the Arab world, that in order for there to be peace, nations must stand up, leaders must stand up and condemn terrorism, terrorist activity.

There is a mutual responsibility to achieve peace, and it's going to require leadership on both sides. And the United States is firmly committed to achieving peace, and is firmly committed — I am firmly committed, to what I expect from both parties.

I repeat, I meant what I said about withdrawal without delay, and I mean what I say when I call upon the Arab world to strongly condemn and act against terrorist activity.

END 12:07 P.M. EDT