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Rice: U.S. hopes to give more aid to Palestinians

March 13, 2006

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— The United States hopes to find a way to increase humanitarian donations to the Palestinians following Hamas' election victory, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.

The chief U.S. diplomat also reaffirmed that the Bush administration does not want any further delay before the U.N. Security Council begins reviewing Iran's disputed nuclear program.

"I think the discussions are now in New York" at U.N. headquarters, she said. Rice spoke to reporters on a flight from Santiago, Chile, to Rio, where her plane was refueling for a trip to Jakarta, Indonesia.

Rice said she will ask Indonesia, a moderate Muslim nation, to help press the message that the Palestinians must remain committed to peace with Israel even though Hamas refuses to accept the Jewish state's right to exist.

"We are looking at ways to even increase our humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people during this period of time," Rice said.

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