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Source: Secretary-General
3 June 2003



New York, 3 June 2003 - Secretary-General's press encounter upon arrival at UNHQ [unofficial transcript]
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Q: Mr. Secretary-General, any comments on the meeting in Sharm El Sheikh and what came out of there?

SG: I think it was an important step in our efforts to resolve the Middle Eastern conflict. I am glad that President Bush was able to meet with the leaders of the region and to meet them so early in the process because I think that they are an essential part of the process and they should be engaged. So I am very happy that he was able to meet with them and to get their support. Of course there is going to be a meeting tomorrow in Amman, which I hope will push the process further. So …

Q: particularly one comment that one resolution that came out of there is no support for terrorism, yet here at the UN they have so far failed to come to any definition of terrorism because some say that there are things that should come out of this…

SG: I think in the absence of that definition, absence of agreement on definition, the Member States of the UN have all condemned terrorism and so I don't see any conflict between that lack of definition and the decision which was taken in Sharm El Sheikh.

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