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Hamas: Meeting with Abbas "positive"
www.chinaview.cn 2005-01-19 18:22:48

    GAZA, Jan. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said Wednesday that its meeting with Palestinian National Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was "positive", but stopped short of coming up with a final deal on stopping anti-Israeli attacks.

    "The atmosphere of the meeting was positive. We exchanged views of common concerns to serve the interests of our people and keep national unity," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told reporters.

    He said the two sides agreed to continue dialogues within the coming few days.

    On ceasefire, Abu Zuhri said "these points were raised in the meeting and will be addressed within the framework of rearranging the internal Palestinian situation."

    "We listened to Abu Mazen (Abbas) and told him we will study these points and give him an answer soon," Abu Zuhri said.

    Abbas arrived in Gaza on Tuesday to hold talks with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad (Holy War) leaders in an effort to reach an understanding on halting attacks against Israel.

    Right after his arrival, a Hamas suicide bomber blew himself up at an Israeli army roadblock in the southern Gaza Strip, killing one Israeli security intelligence officer and wounding three others.

    Pressure has mounted on Abbas to deliver his election promise torein in anti-Israeli attacks, but militants have defied his call to stop armed resistance by continuing rocket attacks against Israeli targets.

    These attacks drew frequent Israeli military retaliations. Enditem

    

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