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Summit Voices

April 04, 1993|Quotes from Vancouver, provided by Times staff and wire reports:

"Reform is like riding on a bike. If you stop, you might fall off. So we should not stop moving forward."

--Boris N. Yeltsin

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"I want America to act, but America cannot and should not act alone."

--President Clinton

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"The President was very pleased. . . . He came out (of the meeting) energized."

White House spokesman George Stephanopoulos

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"He (Yeltsin) takes a licking and keeps on ticking."

Senior Administration official

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"Communists want to take revenge, to take us back to the past."

--Yeltsin

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"This is the highest level of security. It doesn't get any higher than this."

--Sgt. Peter Montague, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a summit security chief

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"We are making a long-term commitment. This is not a one-time silver bullet process."

--Unidentified U.S. official

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"It's always useful to help a friend, especially when friends go through a difficult period. And so we are partners and we are friends."

--Yeltsin

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"I had a very good talk with Prime Minister (Kiichi) Miyazawa last night. I believe that they will fulfill their leadership role."

--Clinton on Japan's role in aiding Russia

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"It's going to be a long fight, and Yeltsin needs all the help he can get."

--Sergei Plekhanov, U.S.A. and Canada Institute in Moscow

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"It doesn't matter where they are, Clinton and Yeltsin are enemies of working people."

--Protester Oliver Stephens, Vancouver office worker

TRANSLATION

"Eto zhe ekonomika, glupiets!" (Russian for "It's the economy, stupid!")

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