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BBC: Hamas rejects Abbas unity pledge

Posted by uscsjp on September 23, 2006

(full story)

Palestinian militant group Hamas has said it will not join a planned national unity government if recognising Israel is a condition.

It follows a speech by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in which he said the government would recognise Israel and renounce violence.

Hamas spokesmen said there had been no change in the position on Israel. . .

Earlier, Ahmed Youssef, a senior adviser to Mr Haniya, said there would be no explicit recognition of Israel, but Hamas was prepared to agree to a 10-year truce with the Jewish state. . .

And with conditions steadily deteriorating in the West Bank and Gaza, our correspondent says, the question now is whether all sides want to find a compromise, or whether this is going to be an issue continuing to block all political progress.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has warned that failure to resolve the Middle East conflict is damaging Security Council credibility. . .

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