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Diplomacy in Action

Middle East Update

George Mitchell
Special Envoy for Middle East Peace 
July 27, 2009


President Obama has asked all involved to support our effort. For Arab states, that means meaningful steps toward normalization of relations with Israel. For Palestinians, that means to expand and improve their security forces, to which you have just referred, to take action against incitement and to refrain from any words or deeds that may make it more difficult to move quickly to successful negotiations. For Israel, that means making possible improved access and movement and economic growth by Palestinians, to which you also have just referred. And also dealing with difficult issues like settlements and outposts.


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