|Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Press Remarks following meeting with President of France Jacques Chirac, Elysees Palace
Paris, France, October 2, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Let me just say I've had a very good discussion with President Chirac. We spoke about the Middle East and we obviously spoke about Yugoslavia and European defense issues. It was an excellent meeting. I think we both have been very concerned about the increase in violence in the Middle East and we both are thinking of different ways that both the United States and France can make it clear that it is vital that there not be a spiral of violence now.
QUESTION: Did you discuss Iraq Madame Secretary with President Chirac?
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: We had a minimal discussion of Iraq and we talked about the importance of having a position that showed that we both would like to see some changes but we have some disagreements I think on it.
QUESTION: Are you going to the Middle East from here?
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I have no plans to go to the Middle East at this time.
QUESTION: (in French) What will be done to stop the massacres and the confrontations and to save the peace process?
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: (in French) President Clinton telephoned Prime Minister Barak and also Mr. Arafat to tell them that it was very important to stop what is going on right now. We have offered to have an investigation to find out exactly what has taken place on the ground. We believe that it is very important that the two sides also try to find out exactly how this began, but it is even more important that it stops. It is very important to return to the peace process.
QUESTION: Mr. Vedrine this morning said that Mr. Sharon's visit was a deliberate provocation.
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: It was definitely counter-productive.
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