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Seeking talks with Israel weakens national reconciliation: Hamas leader

English.news.cn   2013-03-03 20:25:43            

GAZA, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Prime minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, Ismail Haneya, said Sunday that the Palestinian leadership's aspiration to resume peace talks with Israel is not conducive to Palestinian national reconciliation.

"There are circumstances indicating that there are attempts to resume negotiations(with Israel), and it affected the process of the Palestinian reconciliation," Haneya told reporters.

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the region soon and discuss with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the peace talks, which have been stalled in 2010 over a dispute on Jewish settlement expansion.

Haneya said the Obama administration "puts obstacles on the way " of reconciliation between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.

In 2007, Islamic Hamas movement routed pro-Abbas forces and took over Gaza. Last month, Hamas and Fatah held a meeting in Cairo but failed to agree on forming a transitional unity government or setting a date for elections.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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