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U.S.: Syria must do more

Jan. 14, 2005 at 6:21 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The State Department said Friday that Syria has taken some positive steps to stop cross-border terrorist attacks in Iraq but needs to do more.

"We've seen some steps that were positive. We've some steps in the financial area, some steps along the border," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told a briefing in Washington.

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage visited Syria earlier this month with a strong warning from Washington against continuous cross-border infiltration into Iraq and later told reporters he believes the Syrians have understood the message.

"We think there's more that can be done, particularly with regard to ex-Baathists who might have taken refuge in Syria," said Boucher. "And so we continue to push Syria on that and to look for more progress there."

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