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Quotations in the News

August 7, 2014

“We must spare no effort to turn the current calm into a durable cease-fire that addresses the underlying issues of the conflict.” — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, demanding an end to what he called the senseless cycle of suffering in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


“There will be a time to judge the guilty, but today we honor the dead and we grieve with the living.” — Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott on shooting down the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, as his nation marked a day of mourning for the 38 Australian citizens and residents who died in the crash.


“When you see the buildup of Russian troops and the sophistication of those troops, the training of those troops, the heavy military equipment that’s being put along that border, of course it’s a reality. It’s a threat, it’s a possibility — absolutely.” — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, commenting on U.S. and NATO reports of about 20,000 Russian troops massed east of Ukraine.

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