President Bush’s address to the GA – excerpts

Address to the United Nations General Assembly
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Draft # 21


This commitment to democratic reform is essential to resolving the
Arab-Israeli conflict. Peace will not be achieved by Palestinian rulers who
intimidate opposition, tolerate corruption, and maintain ties to terrorist
groups. The long suffering Palestinian people deserve better. They
deserve true leaders capable of creating and governing a free and peaceful
Palestinian state.

Even after the setbacks and frustrations of recent months, good will
and hard effort can achieve the promise of the roadmap to peace. Those
who would lead a new Palestinian state should adopt peaceful means to
achieve the rights of their people, and create the reformed institutions of a
stable democracy. Arab states should end incitement in their own media,
cut off public and private funding for terrorism, and establish normal
relations with Israel. Israel should impose a settlement freeze, dismantle
unauthorized outposts, end the daily humiliation of the Palestinian people,
and avoid any actions that prejudice final negotiations. And world leaders

should withdraw all favor and support from any Palestinian ruler who fails
his people and betrays their cause.


Document Type: Address
Country: United States of America
Subject: Road Map, Settlements
Publication Date: 21/09/2004

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