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Source: Secretary-General
5 April 2004



Moscow, Russian Federation, 5 April 2004 -
Secretary-General's press conference with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

[The Foreign Minister made an opening statement in Russian, then invited the Secretary-General to speak.]

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Q: [Interpreted] My question is to both the Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister: are any specific steps going to be taken after recent events in Iraq and after the clash between supporters of the Shiite leader in Iraq and coalition troops and the death of Sheikh Yassin in Palestine?

SG: Let me start on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. There's been lots of discussions in diplomatic quarters, and envoys of the Quartet met recently to discuss what further steps could be taken to energize the peace process and to try and get the parties back to the table. And these discussions are ongoing. What is important is that we not only take steps, but also find ways of stopping the killing that is going on in the region. What I can assure you is that all the members of the Quartet, including the Russian Federation, are determined to really re-energize our efforts to bring the parties back to the table and find a way forward.

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