Famous quotes by Diplomats


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"The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war"
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"Between an uncontrolled escalation and passivity, there is a demanding road of responsibility that we must follow"
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"I would like to tell our American, British and Spanish friends that the Iraqi crisis is not a problem between the United States and France, but between those who want to move forward in the logic of war and the international community"
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"Using the right of veto would be shooting the Americans in the back"
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"The tormenting dilemma of the Middle East is this: either we have one people too many, or one state too few"
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"We cannot pretend that reality is different from what it is"
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"I was never the diplomatic diplomat"
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"Any Mexican, would recognise that Mexico was abused, undervalued and downgraded in international circles, most of all by the United States"
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"You've got to be able to act when it's necessary to act. And you've got to be able to act where the threat is"
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"Within NATO, our Defence Capabilities Initiative has identified the essential capabilities all Allies must have for modern operations, and Allies are working to meet those requirements"
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"What I will remember most from my time in NATO is meeting children in the countries where I've gone to, to Moscow and to Kiev, I've met school children"
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"Well, if the NATO countries don't make more of their troops usable and don't get the equipment to get them fast where the action is, then the organisation will suffer and will increasingly become irrelevant"
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"The rapid dissemination of technology and information offers entirely new ways of production, but it can also bring the spectre of more states developing weapons of mass destruction"
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"So seven new countries, three of them formerly part of the Soviet Union, and the others part of the Warsaw Pact, will become full members of NATO next year"
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"NATO and the EU have also agreed on permanent arrangements on consultation and cooperation between themselves"
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"In sum, as we enter the 21st century, the Euro-Atlantic community - North America and Europe together - has to face some tough challenges when it comes to improving our capability"
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"If we get the capabilities, NATO, along with the European Union, can do amazing things"
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"I believe that the organisers of this conference have chosen a very timely subject for our discussion - because the 21st century will confront us with an entirely new set of challenges"
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"Globalisation will make our societies more creative and prosperous, but also more vulnerable"
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"For years, we have heard warnings that Europe needs to contribute more to NATO's capability"
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"For years, European leaders have pointed out that Europe is an economic giant, but a military pygmy"
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"But we acted pre-emptively in Kosovo in 1999 to stop Milosevic from doing what he was doing and increasingly doing the ethnic cleansing in a systematic way"
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"And, perhaps most importantly, regional conflicts will again and again confront us with a cruel choice between costly engagement and costly indifference"
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"And most countries are now reducing the number of conscripts and increasing the professionals that are available because they're available on short notice"
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"And I was asked if I would come and help with the recovery of this great British company, Cable and Wireless, and I'm delighted to become part of the new and very talented management that have been brought in to that company as well"
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"We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts"
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"We foolishly did not realize Saddam was stupid"
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"Well my briefing was that Honduras was a small and vulnerable country just back on the path towards democracy it was about to have just before I arrived, the first elections for a civilian president in more than 9 years"
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"We negotiated with the Honduran government the establishment of a regional military training center, for training central American forces, but the primary motivation for doing that was to be able to bolster the quality, improve the quality of the El Salvadoran fighting forces"
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"We believe that the vote would have been close. We regret that in the face of an explicit threat to veto by a permanent member, the vote-counting became a secondary consideration"
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