Hamas calls for maintaining security "achievements"

10:37, May 13, 2011      

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Hamas leader Ismail Haneya in the Gaza Strip on Thursday called on the upcoming Palestinian unity government to maintain "achievements" made by Hamas security forces.

Since Hamas routed forces loyal to Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in June 2007 in the Gaza Strip, the group has"uprooted security chaos," according to Ismail Haneya, who was speaking at a graduation ceremony of new officers.

"The upcoming government must build a national establishment in the West Bank and Gaza based on the faith of maintaining national security," Haneya added. He also called for keeping armed resistance against Israel.

Hamas and Fatah reached a reconciliation agreement in Cairo last week to restore Palestinian internal unity. The Egyptian- brokered pact envisions a transitional technocratic government preparing for elections within a year.

Haneya said that Hamas "will be honest" in implementing the reconciliation agreement.

Apart from military wing, the Hamas government in Gaza has established security forces of nearly 18,000. The security arrangement was the thorniest to tackle the agreement.

Source: Xinhua
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