BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Spanish Portuguese Caribbean
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
    You are in: Americas  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
 Sunday, 26 January, 2003, 15:12 GMT
Powell's Davos speech: Excerpts
Colin Powell in Davos
Powell reaffirmed that the US was ready to go it alone
US Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed business leaders in the Swiss resort of Davos. On the eve of a UN report on Iraqi weapons, Mr Powell highlighted the threat he says Baghdad's military programme poses. The following are excerpts from his speech:

We are in no great rush to judgement today or tomorrow, but it is clear that time is running out. Multilateralism cannot become an excuse for inaction...

We will work through these issues patiently and deliberately with our friends and allies...

The more we wait, the more chance there is for this dictator with clear ties to terrorist groups including al-Qaeda to pass a weapon, share technology or use these weapons again.

Let the Iraqi regime have no doubt, however. If it does not disarm peacefully at this juncture, it will be disarmed at the end of the road.

We will not shrink from war if that is the only way to rid Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. We continue to reserve our sovereign right to take military action against Iraq alone or in a coalition of the willing...

This is not about (UN weapons) inspectors finding smoking guns. It is about Iraq's failure to tell the inspectors where to find its weapons of mass terror...

There is no indication whatever that Iraq has made the strategic decision to come clean and comply with its international obligations to disarm.

The more we wait, the more chance there is for this dictator with clear ties to terrorist groups including al-Qaeda to pass a weapon, share technology or use these weapons again.

Mr Powell also spoke about North Korea's nuclear programme

The United States is willing to talk to North Korea about how it will meet its obligations to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons programme. The United States has no intention of attacking North Korea...

At the same time we are keeping all our options on the table.

Pyongyang's behaviour affects the stability of both the immediate region and the world...

This is not just a matter between the United States and North Korea... We are working with our allies and others in the region and across the international community to address through diplomacy our common concerns over North Korea.

Mr Powell said the US could help calm tensions between India and Pakistan - if the two nuclear neighbours show willing.

No American hidden hand can remove the distrust between India and Pakistan. That they must do for themselves.

The United States has extended a helping hand to both India and Pakistan. We stand ready to do so again. But it is crucial that they both take risks for peace on the subcontinent and work to normalise their relations.

The US secretary of state reaffirmed President Bush's vision of a Palestinian state

To achieve this vision, the Palestinians must build trust by establishing a new and different leadership... and by putting an end to all terror and violence.

Israel will also be required to build trust by easing the economic plight of ordinary Palestinians and by putting an end to settlement construction.

  WATCH/LISTEN
  ON THIS STORY
  The BBC's Jane Bennet-Powell
"General Powell's aim is to persuade the doubters"
  Mark Malloch Brown, UN Development Programme
"If there is a war, we are trying to look at the consequences"

Key stories

Analysis

CLICKABLE GUIDE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

AUDIO VIDEO

TALKING POINT
See also:

26 Jan 03 | Politics
24 Jan 03 | Middle East
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Americas stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Americas stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes