Main points of George W. Bush’s speech

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US President George W. Bush on Monday delivered a keynote speech to European Union and Nato leaders in Brussels in which he highlighted the transatlantic relationship. But he gave his views on other issues including the Middle East, Russia, the environment and security.

On the transatlantic alliance

”The alliance of Europe and North America is the main pillar of our security in a new century. No temporary debate, no passing disagreement of governments, no power on earth will ever divide us.”

On Syria

“Just as the Syrian regime must take stronger action to stop those who support violence and subversion in Iraq and must end its support for terrorist groups seeking to destroy the hope of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Syria must also end its occupation of Lebanon.”

On Israel and the Palestinians

“After many stolen lives, many lost hopes, peace between Israel and the Palestinians is within reach.

“The Palestinians deserve an honest representative government and the Israelis deserve a secure state.

“Arab states must end incitement in the media, stop support for extremist education and re-establish relations with Israel.

“[Mahmoud] Abbas has the opportunity to put forward a strategy of reform to gain support from the international community. I hope he seizes the chance.”

On Iran

“Iran must end support for terror and must not develop nuclear weapons. We wait on Iran to deliver on promised reforms.

“We are working closely with Britain, France and Germany as they oppose Iran’s nuclear ambitions and as they insist that Tehran comply with international law. The results of this approach now depend largely on Iran.”

On Iraq

“We must show Iraqis that the world is with them.

“Not all of us joined in the liberation of Iraq but we all want Iraq to be a beacon of freedom and a source of true stability in the region. Now is the time for established democracies to give tangible political, economic and security assistance to the world’s newest democracy.”

On Russia

“Russian’s future lies with Europe and the transatlantic alliance. For Russia to make progress as a European nation the Russian government must renew a commitment to democracy and the rule of law.

“We recognise that reform will not happen overnight. We must always remind Russia, however, that our alliance stands for a free press, a vital opposition, the sharing of power and the rule of law.

On the environment

”We must work on a way forward after Kyoto. We need to address seriously the problems of world climate change; we need to develop technologies to advance the economies and to improve the environment.”

On trade and fiscal policy

“The US and Europe resolve trade disagreements in a co-operative spirit.”

“We should pursue sound fiscal policies that foster economic worth.”

On security

“Europe and the US will not be intimidated and I thank Europe for its co-operation in the fight against terror.”

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