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Middle East / Road Map to Peace / Powell Visit / Free Trade #728114

CNN Evening News for Friday, May 09, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Koppel) The intense US push for Arab-Israeli peace with Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit to the region featured; details given of the hope that the new Palestinian leadership led by Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas will accept change. [In South Carolina, BUSH - says the US will work to achieve two states {Israel & Palestine} living in peace.] [POWELL - says we may have a fresh start; states we are prepared for both sides to talk.] [International Crisis Group Rob MALLEY†- talks about the road map.] Powell's plans for fence-mending stops in Russia & Germany to secure support for lifting U.N. sanctions on Iraq noted.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(White House: Dana Bash) Bush's introduction of the idea of a US-Middle East free trade area as a peace dividend examined; statistics cited on the drop in trade in the Muslim Middle East since 1980. [In South Carolina, BUSH - wants to bring the Middle East into an expanding circle of opportunity.] The US-Jordan free trade agreement of 2000 cited as a model. [Saban Center at Brookings Martin INDYK†- fears this could be viewed as "Pax Americana" using economic power.] The administration's hopes for the Powell trip discussed.

Brown, Aaron;
Koppel, Andrea;
Bash, Dana

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