Bush: Hamas promises not enough, monitoring necessary

January 3, 2009 01:05

US President George W. Bush on Friday branded the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel an "act of terror" and outlined his own condition for a cease-fire in Gaza, saying no peace deal would be acceptable without monitoring to halt the flow of smuggled weapons to terrorist groups. "The United States is leading diplomatic efforts to achieve a meaningful cease-fire that is fully respected," Bush said in his taped, weekly radio address to be aired on Saturday. In the address, Bush stressed the need for monitoring to prevent arms smuggling, saying that "Another one-way cease-fire that leads to rocket attacks on Israel is not acceptable. And promises from Hamas will not suffice, there must be monitoring mechanisms in place to help ensure that smuggling of weapons to terrorist groups in Gaza comes to an end."

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