George Mitchell
Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
Remarks After Meeting With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
January 29, 2009

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Good Afternoon ladies and gentlemen thank you for joining us here today. I begin by expressing my thanks to President Abbas for his warm reception and hospitality. We’ve just completed lunch and a lengthy discussion. As we all know President Obama has expressed the deep concern of the United States about the loss of Palestinian life and the humanitarian needs in Gaza and I repeated those concerns on behalf of president Obama to president Abbas. It's important to consolidate a sustainable and durable cease-fire and we encourage continuing efforts in that regard. To be successful in preventing the illicit trafficking of arms into Gaza, there must be a mechanism to allow the flow of legal goods and that should be with the participation of the Palestinian Authority. President Obama has also underlined our commitment to a better future for all Palestinians whose legitimate aspirations for an independent and viable state should be met, lasting peace is our objective and the United States will sustain an active commitment to reaching the goal of two states living side by side in peace, stability and security. Thank you very much.”"