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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks at Stakeout Following 6 + 2 Meeting on Afghanistan
September 15, 2000 New York, New York
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: We have just had a very interesting meeting of this group of the 6+2 talking about the problems of Afghanistan and the bloodshed caused by the Taliban, their deplorable human rights record, and problems involved with terrorism and narco-trafficking. And I was very encouraged by the similarity of views that we all had. And we thanked the Secretary General for pulling this meeting together and also to Mr. Vendrell, his personal representative, and asked him to give further suggestions on next steps. And he will be reporting to this group again in early November.

QUESTION: Did you get a chance to speak to Foreign Minister Kharazi about issues other than Afghanistan?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, were sitting on opposite sides of the table, so we didnít have a conversation, but I was very interested in the similarity of our views on the problem of Afghanistan, the problems of fighting terrorism, narco-trafficking, and the various issues there.

QUESTION: Did you find it encouraging that this is the highest level contact in many years between the two countries in the same meeting on issues of importance?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, I think it was a useful meeting. And when we did this a couple of years ago, it was done at the deputy level back then. But I think that, all in all, I think when there are problems to be solved like this together, this is encouraging.

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