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Congress wants Palestinian leaders to sever terror ties

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Rep. Tom Lantos of San Mateo have played leading roles in getting large majorities in both houses of Congress to urge President Bush to force Palestinian leaders to stamp out terrorism as he pursues a renewed Middle East peace process. So far the letters being sent to Bush have been signed by 86 senators and 292 House members. They are timed to this week’s expected release of the diplomatic road map that outlines several steps for ending the 30-month Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation and proceeding to peace talks on establishing a Palestinian state within three years. Bush, who refuses to talk to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat because the administration believes he is linked to terrorism, has timed the plan’s release to the appointment of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. Full Story

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