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CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL

Colin Powell at State Department

Aired December 18, 2002 - 14:01   ET

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

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: We're going to take you straight to the State Department live, where Secretary of State Colin Powell and the Danish foreign minister are talking terrorism.
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COLIN POWELL, SECRETARY OF STATE: ... some initiatives on development and some initiatives with respect to HIV/AIDS. Our talks also touched on measures to relieve famine, our continuing efforts to help Africans resolve ongoing conflicts, and President Bush's trip to Africa next month.

We also discussed Iraq at some length. We share the view that Iraq must come into full compliance with all United Nations Security Council resolutions. We intend to see Iraq disarmed and no longer able to pose a threat to any country with weapons of mass destruction.

On Iran, we discussed EU assurances that its trade and cooperation agreement will be firmly linked to changes in Iran's destructive policies in a number of areas.

We also reviewed a number of other regional concerns, such as the deteriorating situation in Venezuela and the need to find a peaceful, democratic, constitutional and politically viable electoral solution, and to do so with urgency, urgency that is appropriate to the situation.

We discussed Ukraine where the United States and European Union are concerned about encroachments on press freedoms, and we agreed to keep watching the situation very closely.

On Afghanistan, we talked about our mutual efforts to meet Afghanistan's early...

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