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U.S. disappointed over Israel outposts

July 6, 2004 at 1:44 PM

WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- The United States has expressed "disappointment" at the rate Israel has removed illegal outposts in the West Bank, Secretary of State Colin Powell said.

"I explained to the minister that we have some disappointment in the rate at which outposts had been removed," he told reporters Tuesday after a meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom in Washington.

Shalom said Israel was committed to removing the 28 West Bank outposts in "the near future." The dismantling is mandated by the "road map" to peace in the region, a plan supported by the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations.

Shalom also called for a greater U.S. role in the Middle East.

"And I've said it very clear that we believe that the Americans are more influential in our region," he said.

Both men called on Palestinians to do more to control terror.

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