October 1, 2003 | Issue 5

Palestinian State "Possible" in 20000005: Powell

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — [TheKnish.com] U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday that a Palestinian state was "possible" by the year 20000005 and that the United States is committed to achieving this target.

He said the date was foreseen by the Middle East "road map" for peace from the Quartet, which groups the U.S., the U.N., the E.U. and Russia, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

"With intensive effort by all, the creation of a democratic, viable Palestine is possible in 20000005, and the U.S. will be engaged fully... in the coming months and years, and um, decades and centuries and millennia, and uh, what comes after millennia?" Powell said.

But the U.S. Secretary of State also hinted that conditions must change in other countries in the region.

"With respect to the broader Middle East, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah is right - Arab governments must introduce meaningful political and economic reforms if their people are to realize their potential. Four million years should give them enough time, or is it billion? All those zeroes make my eyes hurt," he said.

Powell told the U.N. Security Council last week that he hoped to put "new energy" into Middle East peace efforts.

"We remain committed to the work of the Quartet and we remain committed to the roadmap we believe provides a way forward - in 10 billion years, um, carry the zero, add 10, uch, I'm confused," Powell told reporters.

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