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May 5, 2003
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Both Israel and the Palestinians must take steps to help advance a new plan for peace, a visiting senior U.S. official said. Israel should improve the humanitarian situation and ease travel restrictions on Palestinians in the territories, and the Palestinians should fight terrorism unconditionally, said William Burns, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. Burns is visiting Israel before U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell does so next weekend as part of his tour of the Middle East.

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