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UPDATED: 08:10, June 08, 2006
U.S. will not intervene in Palestinian referendum: Abbas
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that the United States would not intervene in a Palestinian referendum, saying that the referendum is the Palestinians' internal affair.

Abbas made the remarks at a joint news conference with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Abbas said that he would not invite any side to come and monitor the referendum.

For his part, Welch said that his meeting with Abbas focused on the difficult security situation, especially in Gaza.

He said that the United States will continue supporting Abbas to reach a two-state solution. "We will keep contacts with the quartet committee and the European Union to secure aid deliveries to the Palestinians."

Meanwhile, the Hamas-led Palestinian government ruled out any two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the moment.

Deputy Prime Minister Nasser al-Deen al-Shar said that a two- state solution was too early to be adopted by the Palestinian government.

Al-Shar made remarks as President Mahmoud Abbas is preparing for a referendum on a plan that calls for establishing a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders living side by side with Israel.

Hamas, sworn to the destruction of Israel, had reservation on the plan and rejected the idea of referendum.

Al-Shar said that the government could make efforts to ensure the success of the ongoing inter-Palestinian dialogue.

Source: Xinhua

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