SYRIA - May 2 - Powell Visits.Visiting Damascus, US State Secretary Colin Powell Noun 1. Colin Powell - United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)
Colin luther Powell, Powell says Washington is willing to work with Syria and Israel in an effort to reach a comprehensive peace settlement in the Middle East. He says he will go over the list of US concerns, including weapons of mass destruction Weapons that are capable of a high order of destruction and/or of being used in such a manner as to destroy large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction can be high explosives or nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons, but exclude the means of transporting or and Damascus' support for terrorist groups, when he meets Pres. Bashar Al Assad later in the day. Powell says he understands the importance Damascus attaches to the Golan Heights Golan Heights, strategic upland region (2003 est. pop. 10,500), c.500 sq mi (1,250 sq km), SW Syria. It borders S Lebanon, NE Israel, and NW Jordan. It takes its name from the ancient city of Golan and was known as Gaulanitis in New Testament times. , captured by Israel in 1967 and occupied since then. The US is willing to work with both parties to find a solution, he adds. US Pres. Bush has communicated Washington's concerns by letter and is interested in a comprehensive settlement embracing Syria and Lebanon, as well as Israel and a future Palestinian state, Powell says. The US is looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. "specific action and performance on the part of the Syrian government that would reflect their understanding of this new situation", he says, referring to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the launch of the "road map" for peace between Israel and the PA on April 30. Analysts say Powell's remarks indicate the US is ready to embark on a protracted pro·tract
tr.v. pro·tract·ed, pro·tract·ing, pro·tracts
1. To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
2. diplomatic process with Syria, provided that Assad matches his own call for a comprehensive settlement with a change in policy. Powell warned Damascus of the economic "consequences" it faced "over time" through the Patriot Act passed by Congress in 2001, and in the Syria Accountability Act The Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act is a bill of the United States Congress passed into law on December 12, 2003.
The bill's stated purpose is to end what the United States sees as Syrian support for terrorism, to end Syria's presence in in the early stages of becoming legislation. He gave no details. Although the US accuses Damascus of supporting terrorist groups and developing chemical and biological weapons, its sanctions against Damascus are mild compared with those imposed on Iran, North Korea and Libya.