For Immediate Release
March 16, 2003
Statement of the Atlantic Summit: Commitment to Transatlantic Solidarity
We, the leaders of four democracies with strong Transatlantic
affiliation, meet at a time of great challenge. We face painful
We uphold a vision of international security we share with other
nations. Our nations and people know the horror of war, whether
visited upon us, or whether we are called to confront a great danger.
At this difficult moment, we reaffirm our commitment to our core
values and the Transatlantic Alliance that has embodied them for two
generations. Our alliance rests on a common commitment to democracy,
freedom, and the rule of law. We are bound by solemn commitment to
defend one another. We will face and overcome together the twin
threats of the 21st century: terrorism and the spread of weapons of
mass destruction. All nations must unite to defeat these dangers. We
will not allow differences of the moment to be exploited in ways that
bring no solutions.
Our security is tied to peace and security throughout the world.
Together, we are working to bring security to Afghanistan, and to root
out the terrorists who remain there. We affirm a vision of a Middle
East peace in which two states, Israel and Palestine, will live side by
side in peace, security, and freedom. We welcome the fact that the
roadmap designed to implement this vision will soon be delivered to
Palestinians and Israelis, upon the confirmation of an empowered
Palestinian Prime Minister. We would welcome the appointment of a
Palestinian Prime Minister with sufficient authority to put an end to
terrorism and consolidate necessary reforms. We shall look to the
parties to work constructively together. We have today issued a
statement outlining the challenge that Saddam Hussein poses for the
world, and our vision of a better future for the Iraqi people.
We urge our friends and allies to put aside differences, and work
together for peace, freedom and security. The friendship and
solidarity between Europe and the United States is strong and will
continue to grow in years to come.
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