Warren Christopher Quotes (69 Quotes)


    The international community should universally condemn China's record as a repressor of journalists' rights and its misuse of laws with the aim of suffocating criticism. China wants to be a major player on the world stage but when it attacks journalists in such a concerted manner it demonstrates that it is a country where the truth is not able to be told.

    Probably the most useful thing I can do as secretary of state is to assist the president in adapting and renewing the transnational institutions that were created after World War II.

    I am going to be running with the teachers and the farmers and the bus drivers and the hard working men and women of this country. I'm going to be running with the people, not the privileged.

    I think there is the basis now for a discussion at highest levels between NATO officials and Russian officials on some kind of a charter.

    I was born in a very small town in North Dakota, a town of only about 350 people. I lived there until I was 13. It was a marvelous advantage to grow up in a small town where you knew everybody.


    There can be no press freedom in the Philippines while journalists are forced to live in fear.

    The United States has done more for the war crimes tribunal than any other country in the world. We're turning over all the information we have, including intelligence information.

    I don't want to talk about intelligence matters. I will say, however, that intelligence-community estimates should not become public in the way of this city and in the way of Congress.

    When I was a very young lawyer, I had a senior partner who advised me never to get mad, except on purpose.

    The silencing and censoring of the media will only fuel misinformation and foster conditions for abuse, mistreatment and corruption.

    While we welcome Arroyo's rescinding of the state of emergency, we call on her to prove her commitment to the safety of journalists and a free media in the Philippines.

    Despite the demands of this job, one of the things my wife and I try to do is to spend time together alone. And one of the things we really enjoy doing together is seeing a good movie.

    Let's see if we can't get this war behind us now. Certainly, the man in the street, the common person there, wants to have this war behind him. I think a lot of the soldiers are very war-weary too.

    The denial of foreign media access to West Papua suggests an attempt to conceal human rights abuses.

    Restrictions on foreign journalists represent a blatant violation of this right and seriously curtail the ability of the world's media to report in West Papua.

    My clerkship with Justice Douglas was tremendously important. He told me, Christopher, get out into the stream of history and see what happens. I've tried to follow that advice.


    I'm very much in favor of focused responsibility, and so in the main areas that I'm worried about, I try to have a single person who is basically the key person in that area.

    We've had it very clear to the Bosnians that our obligation to equip and train their forces is completely conditional on the foreign forces being gone.


    I went from this school where everybody was in the same building, to Hollywood High, a school which had about 2,000 pupils. I felt quite immature.

    The stakes are very high for us in Haiti. We have many important interests there. Perhaps the most important to me is our interest in the promotion of democracy in this hemisphere.

    Hamas, the opponents of Arafat, the opponents of peace, urged a boycott of the election, and yet there was an 85 percent turnout where Hamas is supposed to be strong. Isn't that really quite incredible?

    I had all of one nanosecond to savor the news before we had to move on to other problems.

    There is a cruel systematic attack on the rights of individual journalists and editors under way in China. The aim is to silence voices that seek the truth.

    Both sides were supposed to release all their prisoners, those were unconditional. There was some prisoner release that took place but it's not been satisfactory.

    It's a tricky thing to deal with. Some of the foreign forces have married Bosnian woman, some of them really blended in, melted into the society.

    The repression of all those daring to resist the autocratic regime represents a severe challenge to the restoration of democracy in Nepal.

    It was helpful to have the American troops there in great strength. They knew there'd be consequences if they didn't move back. Now, there has been some removal of the foreign forces.


    It's very important not to lose your temper in a courtroom, or in anything else you're doing.

    The Palestinian election is something that was really a turning point. It's a mandate for peace.

    We are calling on the king and the authorities in Nepal to respect the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and immediately desist in using violence and intimidation to silence the media in Nepal.

    If we identify another nation as the source of the bombing, we should retaliate,

    You know, it's been President Clinton's dream that we'll have finally a fully integrated Europe; and the steps that NATO will take to expand to the East, that's a commitment.

    We are very concerned about the situation in Nepal which seems to be deteriorating rapidly. In the lead up to the one year anniversary of the February 1 coup, civil liberty abuses are still occurring and the Nepalese people's rights to freedom of expression and a free press are being violently and deplorably ignored.

    Environmental degradation, overpopulation, refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements, and organized crime are worldwide problems that don't stop at a nation's borders.

    I've got many close friends, but there's an awful lot about friendship that is not demonstrative in my case.

    I think before 1997 is over, NATO will have taken giant strides in what's called adaptation, the discussions about bringing the French fully into the NATO forces.

    It is essential that the role of journalists and the media is respected as independent from the conflict.

    It will be undertaken, of course, in the June or July summit, and then to bring NATO closer to Russia or vice versa is a way to move toward integration - toward the integration of Europe.

    This is a very important relationship we have with Russia, the relationship over the nuclear arsenal that they have obviously is important. They're a very powerful country.

    The NATO forces will, to the extent that they have capacity, assist the war crimes tribunal.

    We certainly can never ignore the day-to-day problems of a Haiti, or a Bosnia, but for the longer term, we need to set up transnational institutions.

    It is a grave concern that an employer would stoop so low as to illegally eavesdrop on their staff during negotiations for collective agreements.

    Without a free and independent media, true democracy is unattainable.

    This blatant violation of the right of the Nepali people to peaceful assembly and democratic dissent must immediately cease.


    Only two countries in this hemisphere are not democratic, but many countries in both Central and South America, and in the Caribbean, are really fragile democracies.

    Freedom of the press is a pre-requisite for the peaceful resolution of conflict, and restricting the media from carrying out its professional activities can only lead to more suspicion and misinformation.


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