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Israeli PM Ehud Barak Delivers Comments on Meeting with Pope

Aired March 24, 2000 - 9:53 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: We want to take you live now to Israel, Korazim, you see there Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak addressing the crowd there after a meeting with Pope John Paul II.

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EHUD BARAK, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER (through translator): ... requires us to express our views with regard to the real challenges to overcome all differences of opinion, and to address and solve all of the genuine social problems in the state. I'm absolutely convinced that the overall responsibility of a public leaders will win out. We will manage to make progress to advance and solve the real problems.

QUESTION: ... discussions with the pope, and did you discuss the middle east peace process in particular?

BARAK: I described very -- in a very detailed way, the situation the peace process on both the Syrian, the Lebanese and the Palestinian track to His Holiness, the pope. And I raised certain humanitarian issues that has to do with Israeli MIAs from the battle at Sutan Yakov (ph), and the issue of Feron Arat (ph), the pilot which is under a prison for 13 years at least, we don't know what happened to him, and we are trying to solve it. And I ask the pope to help. I believe that he will try to help.

Thank you very much and Shabbat Shalom.

HARRIS: We just listened to the brief comments, the last comments apparently of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak there addressing the crowd after a meeting he had this morning with Pope John Paul II, during which he discussed the peace process on all the Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian tracks. He also said that he talked with the pope about trying to manage to make progress and advance to solve real problems in the region.

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