For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 20, 2001
Remarks by the President
In Photo Opportunity
at Presentation with Easter Seals
the Oval Office
3:03 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: It's an honor for me
to welcome the representatives from the Easter Seals here, two
courageous Americans who are compassionate to give back to their
country and it's an honor to have you all in the Oval
Office. Thanks for coming.
Q Have you talked to
Arafat yet --
THE PRESIDENT: I talked to Chairman
Q What can you tell us
about that conversation?
THE PRESIDENT: I told him -- I
talked to him about -- I talked to Prime Minister Sharon, Mubarak, as
well as Mr. Arafat. And I said we're making some progress
and that they all must continue to work toward breaking the cycle of
I do feel like it's the appropriate time for
Colin Powell to go to the Mideast and he's headed there next week; and
that the parties must continue to work in an all-out effort to bring
peace. And people can find excuses or rationale not to
continue to work to break the cycle of violence. I urged
them just to not think that way, to believe in the
possible. And we're making enough progress for me to feel
comfortable about asking the Secretary of State to go.
We have another mission from our government to
remain involved in the process. We look forward to the
implementation of Mitchell. But it's hard -- we cannot start
Mitchell, the Mitchell plan, until the cycle of violence has been
crushed and broken. And we believe we are making enough
progress with that to send the Secretary of State.
Thank you all.
END 3:07 P.M. EDT