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Hamas slams Indonesia's support for U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace summit
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10:52, October 24, 2007

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The deposed government of Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday slammed Indonesia's support for a U.S.- sponsored Mideast peace summit expected to be held in Annapolis, Maryland in the United States next month.

"Heading to the summit of concession next month and joining it is just a free normalization with the occupation forces," the sacked government of Hamas said in a statement issued following its weekly meeting.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Jakarta on Sunday evening for a two-day state visit to Indonesia as part of a tour in several Arab and Islamic countries aiming at recruiting them to join the Middle East peace summit in the United States.

Abbas sacked Hamas national unity government and its Prime Minister Ismail Haneya right after Hamas took control, by force, of the Gaza Strip, and its militants unseated the security forces loyal to Abbas in mid June.

In the statement, Hamas government warned of what it called " concessions on the substantial issues like the firm right of Palestinian refugees expelled from their homes in 1948 and 1967 to return, which was proved by the United Nations."

Meanwhile, the statement also slammed Israel for killing a Palestinians prisoner and wounding dozens on Monday during confrontations between prisoners and their jailers.

"They (prisoners) confronted the furious Israeli jailers with nude chests, while those forces used terrorist actions against them inside their cells," said Hamas statement.

Hamas called on the Palestinians to take to the streets and demonstrate to protest "against the repression and against the assassination that is taking place in prisons and in the Palestinian territories".

The international conference on Mideast peace, called by U.S. President George W. Bush, has revived hopes of advancing stalled Middle East peace process.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation and has been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian struggle for statehood.

Source: Xinhua

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