Informal Exchange With Reporters on Diplomatic Talks With the
Q. Mr. President, what is it that makes you think that we can trust a terrorist organization like the PLO now to abide by the resolutions of the U.N. and to really renounce terrorism?
The President. Well, because the words have been spoken and the words were the words that we have been stating were necessary. But, of course, you then also -- the words must be matched by performance, and if they're not, why, we're back where we started.
Q. What do we do if they don't?
Q. What do you hope to come out of this dialog -- the start of the dialog?
The President. Well, it's all just
another step in what we've been trying for 8 years to bring about: peace in the
Q. Israel is very upset about this, to say the least. Are you saying anything to them? Do they have a reason to be somewhat upset?
The President. Well, I don't think so,
in the sense that we have made it very plain that we have not retreated 1 inch
from our position of guaranteeing the safety of
Shouldn't we also ask
The President. Well, I think that since
Q. Well, that isn't the point. Will she accept 242 and 338, as you're asking the Palestinians?
The President. Yes, I think so.
Note: The exchange began
at in the Oval Office at
the White House, prior to a meeting with Prime Minister Turgut