GAZA, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement on Saturday rejected U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks that Hamas must recognize Israel in order to be accepted as a Palestinian people representative.
"This is an unacceptable interference in the Palestinian affair," said Ismail Radwan, a spokesman for Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip.
Radwan made the statement in response to Mrs. Clinton's remarks that Hamas must accept the Mideast Quartet conditions for a unified Palestinian ruling system as Egypt works to broker reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah movement under Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
"Hamas will stay on its stance not to recognize Israel or the Quartet's conditions," Radwan said.
The Quartet, which comprises the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia, has also asked Hamas to recognize Israel, accept peace deals and abandon violence in exchange for an international recognition.
These conditions were imposed on Hamas when it won the Palestinian elections in 2006. The international community continued to isolate Hamas since it rejected the Quartet's demands.