Hamas questions Abbas' call for reconciliation

10:47, April 25, 2010      

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, has on Saturday questioned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' call for national Palestinian reconciliation.

At a lengthy speech Saturday about the stillness of Israeli- Palestinian peace talks, Abbas ended by calling on Hamas to sign Egypt's proposal for reconciliation to restore political unity to the Hamas-controlled Gaza and the West Bank.

But Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, told Xinhua that Abbas' call "was meant to prepare the atmosphere for resuming the negotiations with Israel and to cover the preparation for these talks."

He added that Abbas' speech "did not include new things for reconciliation and it was only slogans." Abu Zuhri noted that pro- Abbas forces continue cracking down against Hamas supporters in the West Bank.

Hamas, which seized Gaza by force in 2007, refused to sign Egypt's reconciliation offer and called for amendments. Abbas' Fatah movement has signed the offer.

Meanwhile, Abu Zuhri criticized Abbas' proposal to resume peace talks with Israel if the latter stopped building Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and in the West Bank. "We are completely against negotiations," Abu Zuhri said, noting "Any negotiations or dialogue with any Israeli side would have the same danger: legitimizing the Israeli aggression."

Source: Xinhua


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