Chancellor addresses business leaders, 1. Wide of Merkel delivering speech at Pierre Hotel in Manhattan
2. Mid shot of Merkel delivering speech
3. Various cutaways audience
4. SOUNDBITE (German) German Chancellor Angela Merkel:
“We have learned the lessons from the Iraq conflict, one of the lessons is that a split opinion isn”t very useful, it”s not very useful to be divided in Europe, this will only weaken our position, it will weaken Europe and we cannot give the impression to dictators that the democratic world is divided about how to deal with them.”
5. Cutaway photographer
6. SOUNDBITE (German) German Chancellor Angela Merkel:
“I think it is very important and we have a common understanding and Russia shares this understanding that we have to do everything in order to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. That is extremely important for the stability of the region and for worldwide stability, and if we share this objective we should be able to muster the strength to reach our objective.”
7. Zoom out and pan from man asking question
8. SOUNDBITE (German) German Chancellor Angela Merkel:
“I think it is legitimate that each and everyone pursues his own vested interests, but I”m at the same time convinced that there are very many interests that we share, Europe and the United States, Germany and the United States, and we need to show time and again that this is the case.”
9. Wide shot applause, zoom in to Merkel, audience stands
10. Mid shot Paul Volcker seated to Merkel”s right during lunch (before the speech), and Henry Kissinger to her left
11. Close up Kissinger
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for American investment during a meeting with business leaders on Thursday as part of a short stop in New York.
The trip followed a Wednesday meeting with President George W. Bush in Washington, where the two leaders vowed to keep pressing Iran on its nuclear program as other allies took the issue to the United Nations.
Merkel repeated her determination on the Iran issue in her speech.
“We have a common understanding and Russia shares this understanding that we have to do everything in order to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons” she said.
Russia and China, permanent members of the Security Council with veto power, are said to oppose sanctions against Iran.
Before her lunchtime speech Merkel spoke with leaders from Coca-Cola Co., Citigroup, Motorola Inc. and Goldman, Sachs & Co., as well as German companies Siemens, ThyssenKrupp and DaimlerChrysler.
German business leaders are more optimistic about their economy since Merkel”s election last year, following years of stagnation and high unemployment.
Merkel was to return to Washington later on Thursday to address the American Jewish Committee”s gala marking the organisation”s 100th anniversary. No other German chancellor has addressed the AJC.
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