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Rice calls for moderate Palestinian government
Cat : Israel and Zionism
Date : 2006-10-05 18:37:36                      Reader : 279
Jews from the whole world are welcome in Palestine , but six million Palestinians have no return right !! Today Rice calls for moderate government in Palestine as the elected one is extremist , but Sharon and Olmert are moderate because they are elected and Israel choice must be respected . What a stupid logic of Mme Rice !!

 

Associated France Press (AFP) 5/10/2006

Rice calls for moderate Palestinian government

 

by Sylvie Lanteaume

CAIRO (AFP) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Palestinians to form a government that will respect principles set out by world powers in an effort to relaunch the stalled peace process with Israel.
She arrived in Cairo for talks with "moderate" Arab counterparts after kicking off a regional tour in Saudi Arabia with an appeal for an end to Palestinian infighting.

Rice flew in from the Saudi city of Jeddah to meet with foreign ministers from Egypt, Jordan and the monarchies that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) -- Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

In Jeddah, Rice said "all parties need to be dedicated to helping young governments in places like Lebanon, Iraq, and helping the Palestinians, but most of all, helping the moderate forces against the extremist forces."

Asked what to do about deadly recent internecine Palestinian clashes between the ruling Hamas movement and its rival Fatah, Rice said "the answer is for the Palestinians to find a government that can be committed to the quartet principles."

"Innocent Palestinians are caught in this violence. I call on all parties to stop this violence," said Rice, with 10 Palestinians killed and more than 100 wounded in two days of clashes in the West Bank and Gaza.

The quartet for Middle East peace -- the European Union, Russia, United Nations and United States -- drafted the so-called "roadmap" that envisions an independent Palestinian state living side by side in peace with Israel.

But after the radical Hamas movement formed a government last March, the quartet nations withheld all direct financial aid to the Palestinian Authority over Hamas's refusal to recognize the Jewish state, renounce violence and respect former agreements with Israel.

The quartet conditioned the removal of the financial and political boycott on abiding by these conditions.

Rice's meeting with the GCC members was due to start with the traditional iftar fast-breaking meal eaten at sundown during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Before that, she was due to meet Egyptian security chief Omar Suleiman, also a key go-between between Israel and the Palestinians.

Political sources in Amman said some Arab countries were concerned that talks with Rice not be dominated by Iran's nuclear row with the West, with Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah Khatib saying the Palestinian issue was vital.

"Jordan and other Arab countries will insist that priority be given to solving the Palestinian question, which is at the core of the Middle East conflict," Khatib said before heading to Cairo.

"The absence of a solution to this question is the cause of tensions and frustrations in the Middle East," Khatib said.

Rice is also seeking to bolster Arab support for Washington's drive to haul Iran before the UN Security Council over its controversial drive for nuclear power which Washington says is a cover for acquiring nuclear weapons.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, after a meeting with Rice, rejected the idea of an "axis" grouping Washington and moderate Arab states, at a time of increased anti-US sentiment in the region.

"There is no question of a group making up an axis; the idea is not even conceivable," Abul Gheit told reporters.

These meetings allow a degree of "influence on the US vision to relaunch the peace process," he said.

US President George W. Bush called last month for Rice to travel to the region "to engage moderate leaders ... to help the Palestinians reform their security services, and support Israeli and Palestinian leaders in their efforts to come together to resolve their differences."

The worst violence in the territories since Hamas came to power erupted at the weekend after Hamas tried to prevent Fatah loyalists from protesting over non-payment of salaries, which they have not received in full since Hamas came to power.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya are engaged in tortuous efforts to form a national unity cabinet with the aim of lifting the Western aid freeze.

Commenting on her Cairo talks en route to the Middle East, Rice said the United States was depending on the grouping of moderate Arab allies to help restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Rice is due to leave Egypt for Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday following talks with key regional ally Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

There she will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, as well as Abbas.


 
 
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