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Great Seal Ambassador Dennis Ross
Special Coordinator to the Middle East

Press Briefing en route Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from Paris, France
October 5, 2000
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AMBASSADOR ROSS: Let me say the following. We had long intensive discussions today, but in fact on the security issues, they were productive. There was strong commitment by both sides to do all they could to try to calm the situation. Both sides actually gave instructions simultaneously to commanders back in the field. There's a recognition that they've got to find a way to get from where we are back to the task of peace making. It was a long day and I think in the area of security, there certainly were real mutual efforts to try to find ways to calm the situation and we'll see. Obviously this has to be translated on the ground.

QUESTION: What kind of instructions to commanders?

AMBASSADOR ROSS: Both sides were very clear in terms of trying to focus on the key flash points, trying to avoid trouble in those areas. In a sense, trying to create some separation in those areas.

QUESTION: So they told their commanders to try to avoid flash points. Try to have some separation. That's what you mean.

AMBASSADOR ROSS: Yes.

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