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Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks to Ecuador-Peru Commission on Border Integration
Washington, DC, February 17, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I'm very, very pleased to be with you today and to tell you personally how pleased we are with what is going on here and all of the hard work that everybody has been doing.
As you all know, in another part of the world, we're trying very hard to find a diplomatic solution to a very difficult problem, and to prevent a very dangerous conflict. So it is a source of great pride that in this, our hemisphere, diplomacy really is working to solve a problem -- one, actually, that has been one of history's intractable disputes. Your work is key in helping to make it possible for Ecuador and Peru to enter the new millennium with a spirit of peace and cooperation. This is how it ought to be. This is how disputes should be resolved.
The work that you all are doing will bring great benefit to your two nations, and will be a major step forward for hemispheric integration. For the past three years, the United States has worked closely with Ecuador and Peru and the other Guarantors of the Rio Protocol -- Argentina, Brazil and Chile -- to find a solution. And this ceremony really does demonstrate how far we have come.
I can assure you that the United States will remain committed to the peace process, and we'll do everything we can to facilitate a global, definitive settlement. So I wish you Godspeed on this very important work, and I applaud all that you have been doing. I only wish this were a model for the other problem I have to deal with.
(Laughter.)
So I thank you very much. Ambassadors, thank you all very much.
(Applause.)

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