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Bush Pressing Abbas to Move on Terrorists

The Bush administration on Wednesday urged an immediate crackdown by Palestinian Authority on extremist groups and called for the dismantling of their terrorist capabilities. “There’s funding, there’s support, there’s munitions, there’s organization, and all that needs to be taken apart,” State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said. U.S. officials expressed understanding of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s decision to postpone pullbacks on the West Bank. But the overriding U.S. message was that the American plan for a Palestinian state remains on track. Referring also to the bombing Tuesday of U.N. headquarters in Iraq, Boucher said “our reaction to the horrible events is that we need to move forward, we need to establish peace and security for people in Iraq, Palestinians, Israelis, others.” Full Story

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