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Bush: Palestinian Authority must 'act swiftly and decisively'

CAMP DAVID, Maryland (CNN) -- Hours after three deadly blasts ripped through downtown Jerusalem on Saturday night, U.S. President George W. Bush issued a statement from the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland.

"I was horrified and saddened to learn of the bombings that took place tonight in Jerusalem. I strongly condemn them as acts of murder that no person of conscience can tolerate and no cause can ever justify.

"On behalf of the American people, I extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, to my friend, Prime Minister (Ariel) Sharon and to all the people of Israel.

"Chairman Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority must immediately find and arrest those responsible for these hideous murders. They must also act swiftly and decisively against the organizations that support them.

"Now more than ever, Chairman Arafat and the Palestinian Authority must demonstrate through their actions and not merely their words their commitment to fight terror."


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