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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on Luxor, Egypt, and Meetings on Iraq
Cairo, Egypt, November 19, 1997
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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Good evening.

I am grateful to Foreign Minister (Mahmoud) Moussa for agreeing, at short notice, to meet with me and for coming to the airport to do so.

I also want to use this opportunity to re-iterate the shock and sorrow of the United States at the sickening and cowardly crime committed in Luxor this week. We condemn this act of terror and hope that those responsible will be quickly apprehended,

As you know, following my meeting with the Foreign Minister, I will depart for Geneva to meet with the Foreign Ministers of France, Russia and the U.K. There, we will discuss ways to ensure the prompt resumption of thorough UN monitoring and inspections in Iraq.

Since this crisis with Iraq began, we have been seeking to achieve one overriding objective -- Iraq's compliance with the will of the international community.

Iraq must let the weapons inspectors get back to their vital work of preventing Iraq from building nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, and it must permit those inspections to proceed without interference or conditions.

We continue to hope we can achieve this objective peacefully. But we cannot rule out other options. I look forward to hearing an account in Geneva of Foreign Minister Primakov's discussions with Iraqi officials.

I will also re-iterate the U.S. position on what it will take to resolve the situation created by Iraqi non-compliance. As President Clinton has said, Iraq must not be allowed to threaten the world through the development of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. No outcome short of that is acceptable.

Thank you very much.

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