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Abbas: no talks with Hamas unless it changes "Gaza coup" aftermath
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20:48, July 04, 2007

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday renewed rejection to hold talks with rival Hamas movement unless Hamas changed the conditions that resulted from "its military coup in Gaza."

The Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip "was a national crime and military coup.... The sacked Prime Minister of Hamas (Ismail Haneya) and others are blamed for the incidents," Abbas told a joint news conference in this West Bank with Denmark's Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller.

Abbas said he would talk with Hamas when they "admit that they turned against the legitimacy and change all the conditions they imposed."

Hamas militants overran rival Fatah members last month and took control of the Gaza Strip, during which 100 Palestinians died.

In a response, Abbas dissolved the Hamas-led unity government, which took office in March 17, and sworn in an emergency government in the West Bank, which Hamas saw as "illegitimate."

For his part, Moeller said Denmark supported Abbas and that the Palestinian people should respect the legitimacy of their leader.

He added that Hamas could not create statehood in the Gaza Strip since the international community agreed that there must be a Palestinian and an Israeli states living alongside each other.

Abbas and other Fatah leaders have been accusing Hamas of launching "military coup" in the Gaza Strip last month, which was flatly rejected by Hamas.

Source: Xinhua

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