Fatah again rejects dialogue with Hamas

The Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday again rejected any dialogue with Hamas that seized Gaza in mid-June.

Fatah again rejects dialogue with Hamas
The Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday again rejected any dialogue with Hamas that seized Gaza in mid-June.

"To end the crisis, Hamas must return this territory to the elected and legitimate President Mahmoud Abbas," Azzam Al Ahmed, the chief of Fatah's parliamentary bloc, said. "Afterward, we will be able to sit down immediately and start a national dialogue," he said.

Ahmed was responding to statements that sacked Hamas premier Ismail Haniya made late Tuesday, in which he offered to give up his post in order for the two warring parties to reconcile.

"If the post is the price to pay for national understanding, we are ready to give it up," Haniya told reporters, calling for Fatah and Hamas to engage in direct talks without preconditions.

Following the Hamas takeover, Abbas has repeatedly ruled out any talks with the movement that overran security forces loyal to him in the territory.

Israel, keen to support the president in his standoff with the group, has sealed off Gaza following the takeover, allowing in only basic humanitarian aid.

Haniya warned that his movement, which swept parliamentary elections in January 2006, would not give in to the two-pronged pressure.

"Despite the pressure and the siege, Hamas will not capitulate," he said.

Agencies

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