Hamas blasts Abbas' speech as "comic"

14:04, January 02, 2010      

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Hamas movement on Friday slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and described his speech on Thursday to mark the 45 year anniversary for establishing his Fatah party as "comic".

Salah al-Bardaweel, a Gaza-based Hamas leader told Xinhua on telephone that what Abbas said in his speech on Thursday night "isa clear evidence of this man's bankruptcy."

In his speech, Abbas accused Hamas that it refused to sign on the inter-reconciliation in Egypt and conditioned to sign it in another country.

Abbas didn't say which country Hamas wanted to host the signing ceremony of the reconciliation agreement. However, Palestinian sources closed to Abbas said that he was referring to Syria.

Al-Bardaweel denied Abbas' claim and said "accusing Hamas aims at destroying the good relationship between the movement and Egypt," adding "Hamas has never asked for such a request to sign the deal away from Egypt."

Abbas slammed Hamas movement for keeping control of the Gaza Strip and refusing to sign on an Egyptian-drafted pact of reconciliation. He called on the Islamic movement to end the current split and sign on the pact.

"Abbas avoided slamming the Israeli occupation all the time, because he dares not to attack Israel, but he always slams Hamas movement," said al-Bardaweel.

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