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Colin Powell Speaks After Meeting With U.N. Sec.-Gen. Kofi Annan

Aired May 7, 2003 - 17:30   ET

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

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Let's go to the United Nations. The secretary of state has been meeting with the U.N. secretary-general, Kofi Annan. He's speaking to reporters right now.
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COLIN POWELL, SECRETARY OF STATE: ... and it is also a resolution that will give a role to the secretary general to play and the United Nations to play; to play the vital role that President Bush has spoken of.

(CROSSTALK)

QUESTION: ... comment on Turkish television saying that Turkey should apologize for its policies about Iraq. Do you think Turkey should apologize?

POWELL: I didn't hear that. It's well-known that...

(CROSSTALK)

QUESTION: What's your idea about where Turkey stands so far?

POWELL: Yes. Well, I was in Turkey a few weeks ago. And as Mr. Wolfowitz said and as I said then, we had been disappointed by Turkish actions earlier in the year.

But Turkey is a good friend, a good ally and they're working with us now in a very cooperative way and, notwithstanding that disappointment of a couple of months ago, remains a strong friend and ally. And we have a good partnership with Turkey, and I'm sure it'll continue to grow in the years ahead.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) Iraq resolution, former dissidents (ph) the military strike.

POWELL: We are working with all of our friends, and to include Germany and France and Russia and China and the elected 10 members as well, on this resolution. And whatever happened in the past is in the past. We are not now talking about a matter of war. We're talking about a matter of peace. We're talking about a matter of hope. We're talking about helping the Iraqi people. And this resolution has that as its singular purpose, to help the Iraqi people to attain a better life for themselves and their children and to put in place a democratic form of government representing all the people of Iraq that will live in peace with its neighbors and be a responsible nation among the family of nations.

Thank you.

BLITZER: The secretary of state briefly speaking with reporters following his meeting with the United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan.

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