17 March 2003

Secretary-General Welcomes Statement by President Bush on Presentation of 'Road Map' to Israelis, Palestinians

NEW YORK, 14 March (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General welcomes the statement by President Bush this morning that the "road map" of the Quartet will be presented to the Israelis and Palestinians once the Palestinian Prime Minister has been confirmed in office. Since December 2002, the Secretary-General has been pressing for the road map to be adopted and presented to the parties as soon as possible.

The Secretary-General urges that, once the road map has been presented, its implementation by the parties will be pursued with persistence and determination.

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