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Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz Remarks at the Ministry of Defense, Ankara, Turkey

Presenter: Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz
December 04, 2002

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002

(Remarks at the Ministry of Defense, Ankara, Turkey.)

Wolfowitz: President Bush sent me to England and here to Turkey to consult with two of our most important allies, to talk about how to try to achieve a peaceful solution of the problem posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. We have a major diplomatic.success with the UN Security Council Resolution, which was passed unanimously last month but we have to figure out how to convince Saddam Hussein that this really is a new era, that it's not the same old game of playing hide and seek, that he really has to take this resolution seriously. And I think that part of persuading him to take it seriously is the kind of consultations and discussions that we are having with our Turkish colleagues here in the Defense Ministry.

Q: Sir, did you get any answers to your demands. For example, Turkish troops or bases? How were the conversations?

Wolfowitz: We didn't come here with demands. We came here for conversations with a close ally about how to deal with a common problem which is the problem posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and the challenge of trying to deal with that problem without going to war. Thank you very much.

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