For Immediate Release
August 12, 2004
From remarks by Secretary of State Powell at a Seeds of Peace event, Washington, DC, 8/10/04
In the Middle East, we are committed to realizing President Bush's vision of two states -- Israel and Palestine -- living side-by-side in peace and security.
The U.S. government believes that Israel's plan to withdraw from Gaza and to begin the withdrawal from the West Bank represents a valuable opportunity for peace.
This initiative could help to bring both sides together to resume negotiations under the direction of the elements of the roadmap.
The United States will continue working with our partners in the Quartet and with our friends in the region to bring about the triumph of peace.
In Cyprus, the United States has shown its strong support for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's comprehensive settlement plan. We are working to achieve a secure and prosperous Cyprus, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots live together in a federated society.
Our goal is a Cyprus in which both peoples enjoy the benefits of EU membership and where every citizen is assured the blessings of peace.
The United States will continue to work for peace in every region of the world.
The United States can try to bring two parties in conflict together and help them agree about how they can move forward toward peace.
America can lend our good offices to help others put an end to violence and build trust.