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May 31, 2003

Bush vows to reach peace deal

Haaretz reports that Bush determined on a two-state solution and follow-up to regional meetings he attends
U.S. President George W. Bush vowed Saturday to make every effort to push ahead the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, declaring that, he would "do all that I can to help the parties reach an agreement and then to see that that agreement is enforced."

Speaking in Krakow, following a visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, Bush welcomed the "the emergence of a new Palestinian leadership, which has condemned terror" as "a hopeful sign that the parties can agree to two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security." [...]Bush said he would tell Middle East leaders that the United States needs help to achieve peace. "And we need countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia and Jordan and others to work together to cut off funding for terrorist groups, to prevent the killers from moving around, to help provide security."

As a Palestinian state emerges, Arab nations will have to support Abbas with development aid as well as advice, the president said. "I am going to hold people accountable for their commitments," Bush said.