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Abbas to call for referendum in case deal reached with Israel:official
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10:08, October 03, 2007

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An aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Tuesday that if any permanent peace deal is reached with Israel, the Palestinian people would be asked in a referendum.

Nabil Amer, told reporters that "in case President Abbas reaches an agreement with Israel, he would of course refer to the people," adding that "even President Abbas himself had been repeatedly saying this."

In November, the Palestinians will join a summit in the United States that President George W. Bush had called for to seek solutions to end the Israeli-Arab conflict and fairly solve the complicated Palestinian issue.

Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have been meeting periodically in recent months in an effort to reach an agreement ahead of the U.S.-hosted international Mideast peace conference in November.

But leaders of Hamas movement, the opponents to the Israeli- Palestinian peace talks, said that the fall summit "is just a U.S. farewell show," adding that the summit "would be just a waste of time and it will fail."

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza called on Arab countries to boycott the summit "that would be just only a new gate for normalization of ties between Arab countries and Israel."

Source: Xinhua

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