Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Secretary of State Powell Looks toward the "Horizon"

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Secretary of State Powell Looks toward the "Horizon"

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Affairs of State

COLIN POWELL WAS A HIT with 600 retired foreign service officers who attended the annual Foreign Service Day in Washington May 10. He joked his way through a 20-minute talk about the large increase in the State Department's recruitment of new officers (there are 26,000 applicants-double the usual number-for the 600 openings to be filled through the traditional exam process).

Powell pointed to the Department's success in obtaining an additional $5 billion from Congress, primarily for the "21st Century Challenge" program aimed at assisting African nations and peoples to reach the twin goals of democratic institution building and a free market economy.

Secretary Powell used a fairly new term which U.S. policymakers have invented to get around the awkward fact that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his government have no intention of moving forward with real peace negotiations-including a new post-Oslo timeline, viewed as critical by Palestinians and the supporting Arab states alike. Instead of a negotiating "timeline," Powell said the promised negotiations between the parties would have to include political-i. …

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