Palestinian Arms Smuggling Must Halt, U.S. Middle East Envoy Says

[Washington Post] Griff Witte - Arriving in Israel for his first visit as the Obama administration's Middle East envoy, former senator George J. Mitchell on Wednesday pushed for a more durable truce in Gaza, calling for a halt to weapons smuggling and for the territory's border crossings to be opened. After a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Mitchell said the U.S. is "committed to vigorously pursuing lasting peace and stability in the region." The U.S. has been working with Egypt to hammer out a system for halting the smuggling of weapons across the Egypt-Gaza border, and Mitchell said that an end to smuggling will be essential for any cease-fire.

2009-01-29 06:00:00

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