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UPDATED: 10:39, March 29, 2006
Hamas incoming PM rejects Olmert's border plan
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Palestinian incoming Prime Minister Ismail Haneya said Tuesday night that his cabinet would reject any unilateral plans vowed by Israeli Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Haneya made the remarks in response to results of an exit poll right after the Israeli election closed around 10 p.m.(2000 GMT).

According to the poll released by Israeli TV, Olmert's Kadima party would won 29 to 32 seats in the next Israeli parliament.

"The plan presented by Olmert is aiming at imposing a new reality on the group by annexing Palestinian territories, drawing the borders of the state of Israel and continuing the construction of the separation fence," said Haneya.

Olmert vowed to draw Israel's border by 2010 by carrying out further unilateral withdrawal plans in the West Bank to separate Jewish settlers from the Palestinians, after he won the elections on Tuesday.

In a first reaction to Olmert's win, the Hamas incoming premier told reporters in Gaza that "such a plan for sure would be rejected and won't be accepted either by the Palestinians or by the government."

Coinciding with the Israeli election, Haneya's 24-member cabinet were approved by the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) on Tuesday.

The new Hamas-led Palestinian government is expected to be sworn in on Thursday.

Commenting on a new Israeli government after the election, Haneya reiterated that it must recognize the Palestinians rights.

"Any party or government should recognize the Palestinians right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, release all the Palestinian prisoners and give the Palestinian refugees their right of return," said Haneya.

Meanwhile, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called on the Kadima party to resume peace negotiations with the Palestinians as immediate as it forms a new Israeli government.

"We respect the democratic choice of the Israeli people. The Palestinian leadership as well as the Hamas movement are hoping that the Israelis would positively respond to the peace calls," said Erekat.

Israel has said that it would not deal with a Hamas government unless the group renounces violence, recognize Israel and honor previous agreements.

Hamas came to power after it claimed victory in a January Palestinian parliamentary election. It still refuses to recognize Israel.

Source: Xinhua


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