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US, Israel caution Abbas over unity deal with Hamas
Cat : Palestine
Date : 2006-09-19 14:16:10                      Reader : 344

Also renounce of violence must be respected by both sides. Hamas already proposed a bilateral agreement to renounce violence to be signed by both sides. Unfortunately Israel rejected. Bush talks what Israel dictates.
Bush himself said that Israel is priority on the expense of US interests.
We hope UN, EU, and Asians will take leadership to solve Middle East crises bases on UN resolutions.

Associated France Press (AFP) 19/9/2006

US, Israel caution Abbas over unity deal with Hamas


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United States and Israel have put pressure on Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas not to cut a deal with a Hamas government that refuses to renounce violence and recognize Israel.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Abbas in separate talks in New York on Monday that there could be no compromise on the conditions that had been set by the international community.

"Secretary Rice was very clear about the need to see the three Quartet principles without anything else," Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian lawmaker and close associate of the Palestinian leader, told reporters.

He was speaking after more than an hour of talks between Abbas and Livni, their first in five months, after an earlier meeting between the Palestinian leader and the top US diplomat.

Livni told reporters: "From Israel's perspective, there is a need for any future Palestinian government to meet completely the three requirements of the international community."

After Hamas won the Palestinian election in January, the diplomatic Quartet -- the United States, Russia, European Union and United Nations, which drew up the Middle East peace "road map" -- demanded that the Palestinian government acknowledge Israel's right to exist, renounce violence and recognise past agreements with the Jewish state.

Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by the United States because of its armed conflict with Israel.

Abbas said earlier he was freezing talks over a national unity government with Hamas because of disagreements over past peace deals with Israel.

He is set to resume discussions on his return from New York.

The diplomatic moves on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly came ahead of talks between US President George W. Bush and Abbas on Wednesday.

It is to be their first meeting since October 2005.

Meanwhile, Arab countries are pushing for a new mechanism to relaunch the stalled Middle East peace process after the UN-brokered truce that ended a month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon last month.

At their request, the UN Security Council has tentatively scheduled a ministerial session on Thursday to discuss a "mechanism" based on a 2002 Arab initiative, which proposed a normalization of relations with Israel in exchange for the return of all land occupied by the Jewish state since 1967.

Abbas also committed to Livni Monday to make "maximum efforts" to help free an Israeli soldier held by Palestinian militants, his aide said.

Abbas called it a "very, very positive meeting. We talked a lot about everything," while Livni said the encounter had been "a very good, important and constructive meeting."

Palestinian governing movement Hamas, whose armed wing claimed joint responsibility for the June 25 raid in which Corporal Gilad Shalit was captured, said Sunday that progress has been made in talks to release the conscript.

Erekat said Abbas had "committed to making the maximum efforts to close this chapter (the Israeli soldier) along with the cessation of violence by the two sides".

Livni said "firstly, and the most important issue for Israel is the unconditional release of Shalit."

Shalit's seizure sparked a massive Israeli military offensive into Gaza, with the aim of retrieving him and also stopping militants firing rockets into Israel.

Israel's contacts with the Palestinian leadership have since been virtually frozen. And talk of Abbas' Fatah faction joining a new government with Hamas has raised new western fears over the Middle East peace process.

Livni said the "road map" to Middle East process and ways to promote the peace process had been discussed.

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