Brazilian and Palestinian Presidents meet; Amr Moussa

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(17 Mar 2010) SHOTLIST
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Ramallah, West Bank
1. Wide of security at presidential compound as convoy carrying Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva starts to arrive
2. Palestinian and Brazilian flags
3. Wide of Silva and his delegation arriving at presidential compound
4. Silva and delegation walking
5. Silva and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas entering room
6. Pull-out as Silva and Abbas walk onto stage for news conference
7. Cutaway of cameraman
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President:
“We have no preconditions but what we are demanding from Israel is to implement its obligations in order for us to go ahead with the proximity talks. We are committed to achieve peace through negotiations because there is no other path but the path of negotiations.”
9. Wide of news conference
10. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazilian President: ++Pull-out to wide shot during soundbite++
“The time has come to take courageous steps in order to put behind us more than half a century of conflict and hatred. That”s why the siege on Gaza must end and the wall (Israel”s West Bank separation barrier) must come down because the world can no longer accept the language of walls.”
11. Wide of news conference
12. Abbas and Silva during news conference
13. Abbas and Silva shaking hands and hugging at end of news conference
14. Silva getting out of car and shaking hands with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad
15. Various of inauguration ceremony for “Brazil Street”
16. Silva presented with Palestinian keffiyeh (chequered scarf)
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Beirut, Lebanon
17. Wide of Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa meeting Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali al-Shami
18. Moussa talking with al-Shami
19. Mid of al-Shami
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Amr Moussa, Arab League Secretary-General:
“It is a situation of fraud. I don”t think we are going anywhere. Having seen what the Israelis have done and have said to Senator Mitchell (US MidEast envoy George Mitchell) and to the Vice President of the United States (Joe Biden) and the messages they have sent to us to the Palestinians and to the Arabs that they do not mean business and they do not care about peace. So it is a no go, it is a no go. Therefore we have to reconsider the situation in its entirety. We are going nowhere that way.”
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Beirut, Lebanon
21. Various of Moussa meeting Lebanese president Michel Suleiman
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Beirut, Lebanon
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Amr Moussa, Arab League Secretary-General:
“Let us not talk about President Obama except, in my opinion, except in words of praise because the man has in fact said the right things and tried hard so we continue to appreciate what President Obama tried to do.”
23. Various of Moussa meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
STORYLINE
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday said it was time for “courageous steps” to be taken to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Silva made the comment in the West Bank town of Ramallah at a joint news conference with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas.
Earlier in the day, Silva placed a wreath on the tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, despite criticism from Israel.
He also said he supported the Palestinian struggle.
Silva told reporters that Israel must end its blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, and tear down the separation barrier that cuts into Palestinian farm lands in the West Bank.
“The world can no longer accept the language of walls,” he said.
The peace process has stalled over Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and the refusal by the Palestinians to return to talks until the issue is resolved.

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