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December 19, 2001
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Secretary of State Colin Powell phoned the Israeli and Palestinian leaders. In a conversation Tuesday with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, Powell stressed that the Palestinians needed to do more “to make an effective end to the violence,” spokesman Richard Boucher said. In a conversation with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Powell called on Israel to”work to alleviate the pressures on the Palestinian people, especially restrictions that impose real hardships and make day-to-day living difficult,” Boucher said.

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