Oct. 30, 2003
US to Palestinians: Call us when you're serious
Call us when you're serious about disarming militants - that's the message Palestinians are getting from U.S. mediators who have scaled back their presence in the region.
The apparent disengagement comes amid a deadlock in the U.S.-led "road map" peace plan, Washington's growing troubles in Iraq, and the distractions of the U.S. presidential election campaign. A Palestinian bombing attack on a U.S. convoy in Gaza earlier this month had led to expectations that the United States would scale back its involvement.