The Islamic Hamas movement on Monday played down reports of progress in talks between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Any political agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was "meaningless if Hamas doesn't approve it," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.
"The discussions between the Israeli occupation and the (Palestinian) Authority are just bids to reach joint understandings without the minimum commitment by Israel," according to Zuhri.
Local Palestinian media had earlier reported that Abbas and Olmert have made good progress during secret talks on a declaration of principles, which they hope to present at an international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute slated to be held in November this year.
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