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kams
22 Sep 06,, 02:23
Palestine israel (http://newsinfo.inq7.net/breakingnews/world/view_article.php?article_id=22437)

By Ezzedine Said
Agence France-Presse
Last updated 08:53am (Mla time) 09/22/2006


UNITED NATIONS -- Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas told the UN General Assembly on Thursday that any new Palestinian government would recognize Israel.

"I would like to reaffirm that any future Palestinian government will commit to all the agreements that the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority have committed to," he said in a speech to the assembly.

Abbas referred in particular to letters exchanged by Palestinian and Israeli leaders, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin, in 1993 which contained mutual recognition of the two sides.

Abbas, who has been negotiating with the Hamas group over a national unity government, said: "These two letters contain a reciprocal recognition between the PLO and Israel, reject violence and call for negotiations to reach a permanent settlement with the creation of an independent Palestinian state next to Israel."

"Any future government will commit to imposing security and order, to ending the phenomena of multiple militias, indiscipline and chaos, and to the rule of law," he added.

Recognition of Israel and renunciation of violence have been among key conditions set by the international community -- led by the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East -- to assist any Hamas-led government in the Palestinian territories.

Hamas currently rejects both conditions.

The Palestinian president has been negotiating with Hamas, which won a landmark legislative election in January, about setting up a national unity government.

Hamas and Fatah, the party led by Abbas, have agreed to set up a unity government, based on a national reconciliation document drawn up in June which implicitly recognizes Israel.

Hamas leaders say, however, the accord does not include recognition of Israel and Abbas froze negotiations with the rival group before leaving for the UN General Assembly where the Middle East peace process has come under a renewed spotlight.

The UN Security Council held a special ministerial meeting earlier in the day to discuss the Israel-Palestinian conflict, at the request of the Arab League.

At the meeting, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called for renewed efforts to bring together Israelis and Palestinians.

"The time has come to rebuild the shattered bridge to peace" between Israel and the Palestinians, Annan told the gathering. "Our continued failure to resolve this conflict calls into question the legitimacy and the effectiveness of this council itself."

There was no immediate US reaction to Abbas's speech, but after the Security Council meeting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said: "We have welcomed his (Abbas) efforts to bring an end to the crisis through the formation of a unity government.

"But a unity government would need to reflect the Quartet principles because you can't have peace unless you recognize the other partner for peace and renounce violence." The Quartet has insisted that any Palestinian government must recognize Israel, renounce violence and stick to past accords made with Israel.



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I hope this is a new begining and start of a peace process b/w Israel and Palestine.

InfiniteDreams
22 Sep 06,, 07:05
This is great news and a real step toward the possibility of peace. I can't help but wonder whether or not this would have occured without the implementation of the Bush Doctrine.

ZFBoxcar
22 Sep 06,, 15:24
Hamas rejected Abbas's statement.

kams
22 Sep 06,, 15:58
Hamas rejected Abbas's statement.

Yep, I read the latest statements from Hamas. So much for peace.

Bill
22 Sep 06,, 16:35
The wheel in the sky keeps on turning.

Ray
22 Sep 06,, 18:21
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds!

Picture a sten at the stomach of your body
with genuine bullets and God in the Sky
Somebody shoots you ever so gently
The bedouin with the hate in his eyes!

Cotton flags of Yellow and Green
Towering way over your head
Look for the Arab with hate in his eye
And you are gone

OR



Picture yourself in a chopper roaming the blues
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody shoots you, you answer quite slowly
A bedouin with hashish filled eyes

Cellophane flowers of yellow and green
Towering over your head
Look for the Bedou with the hate in her eyes
and she's gone

Farida in the sky with diamonds
Mehzabeen in the sky with diamonds
Haleena in the sky with diamonds, ah

Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain
Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers
that grow so incredibly high

Newspaper bombs appear on the shores
Waiting to blow you away
Climb in the back with your head in the clouds
and you're gone

Mariam in the sky with diamonds
Aalia in the sky with diamonds
Khadeeja in the sky with diamonds, ah

Picture yourself on a train in a station
With plasticine porters with looking glass IEDs
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile
The girl with hate in her eyes

Dhuha in the sky with diamonds
Ghadaa in the sky with diamonds
Balqis in the sky with diamonds, ah
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Salma in the sky with diamonds
Zeenat in the sky with diamonds, ah

smilingassassin
23 Sep 06,, 05:07
Hamas rejected Abbas's statement.

Gee what a surprise there......