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UPDATED: 17:41, July 18, 2005
Abbas says commitment to truce a condition to end crisis
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has conditioned ending the current crisis in the Gaza Strip with the radical Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) by a full commitment to the calmness or truce declared in March in Cairo.

Abbas told press conference here Sunday and Monday that "in case of any Israeli violation to the calmness, the Palestinian National Authority and the factions meet to make their decision."

"Cairo agreement that we reached with the faction doesn't include any phrase saying that it is the right of any faction to take the initiative and respond to any Israeli violation of the calmness," he stressed.

Hamas militants intensified their attacks by homemade rockets and mortar shells at Gaza Strip Jewish settlement, saying that Cairo agreement allows them to respond to any Israeli violation of calmness.

Abbas denounced that after Netanya bombing attack carried out by the Islamic Jihad last week, "I decided to get to Gaza and hold talks with the parties leaders to reinforce the calmness, but as soon as I crossed into the Gaza Strip, more than 25 rockets were fired."

"As I arrived in Gaza, I was told that more rockets would be fired, and then a Palestinian security force tried to prevent the militants from firing more rockets, then they threw a grenade at the security forces," he further explained.

"One of the police officers had immediately opened fire at the five Hamas militants who threw the grenade at the force, and I say that the officer did the right thing," said Abbas.

Abbas warned that the continuation of firing homemade rockets at Israel and at the settlements in this critical situation "would give the Israeli side to escape from their commitments and avoid the pressure practiced on their government."

"The Israelis said they want to withdraw on Aug. 15 from the Gaza Strip, and as long as they said they want to withdraw, why did militants intensified their rockets attacks suddenly. They said they want to leave Gaza," said Abbas.

Abbas revealed that there are contacts with both Americans and Israelis. "The aim of the talks is to try to contain the current situation and prevent a disastrous wide Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip. The Americans are listening to us and the Israelis are not."

Abbas reiterated that the rule of law and order is the one that should prevail the Palestinian territories sooner or later, adding that it is not the right of anyone to take the rule of law by his hand.

Source: Xinhua


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