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Bush Calls on Palestinians, Israelis to Fulfill Promises - 2002-04-20


President Bush is again calling on Israel to withdraw from Palestinian-ruled areas. Mr. Bush said Palestinian leaders must follow through on promises to stop attacks against Israeli civilians.

President Bush said Secretary of State Colin Powell made progress on his trip to the Mideast by calling on all leaders to abide by their responsibilities. "To defuse the current crisis, the Palestinian Authority must act on its words of condemnation against terror. Israel must continue its withdrawals. All Arab nations must confront terror in their own region. All parties must stop funding or inciting terror, and must state clearly that a murderer is not a martyr; he or she is just a murderer," Mr. Bush said.

In his weekly radio address, President Bush said all parties must realize that the only long-term solution is for two states - Israel and Palestine -living side-by-side in security and peace.

He said America continues to press forward in its war against global terrorism, working with other nations to cut the financial pipeline that pays for terrorist training and attacks.

Mr. Bush said U.S. allies are helping round-up terrorist leaders and disrupt plans for future attacks, with more than 1,600 detained in 95 nations.

"In Afghanistan, the United States and its partners are pressing forward with a military campaign against al-Qaida and the Taleban. More than a dozen of our NATO allies are contributing forces to this fight. Right now, hundreds of Royal Marines from Great Britain are leading an operation to clear and seal off regions where our enemies are trying to regroup to commit murder and mayhem, and to undermine Afghanistan's efforts to build a lasting peace," Mr. Bush said.

President Bush said he is working with nations such as Yemen, the Philippines and Georgia to help train and equip their military to fight terror in what he calls "some of the world's distant corners."

Mr. Bush is spending the weekend at the presidential retreat at Camp David. He continues his push for Mideast peace next week in a White House meeting with the King of Morocco and a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to the president's ranch in Texas.

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