McKinney Opposes One-Sided
Middle East Resolution
May 2, 2002
White House, State Department
say resolution undermines U.S. peace efforts
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Cynthia
McKinney today issued the following statement
on House Resolution 392 on the Middle East conflict.
"I strongly abhor the targeting of Israeli civilians.
While I support a safe and secure Israel, I also
share the concerns of millions of Americans that
Palestinians too deserve to live in freedom, dignity,
"Today's resolution is likely to undermine America's
vital role as peacemaker. That is why the White
House only reluctantly gave the green light for
Senate consideration of another version. Secretary
of State Colin Powell has warned the Congress
against 'any action that can affect ongoing discussion
in the Mideast.' Because, as he points out, 'passions
are very inflamed over there. It's a sensitive
and delicate time and there are a lot of nuances.'
Congresswoman McKinney continued, "The Congress
should look for ways to contribute constructively
to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The
United States must be an honest broker for peace
in the Middle East."