Haniya says ready to quit PM's post for dialogue

Ismail Haniya said Tuesday he is ready to quit the premier's post if such a move could help resume dialogue between Hamas and rival Fatah.

Haniya says ready to quit PM's post for dialogue
Ismail Haniya said Tuesday he is ready to quit the premier's post if such a move could help resume dialogue between Hamas and rival Fatah.

"If the cost for national dialogue is the post, we are ready to pay this price," Haniya told a group of local journalists he met at his office in the Hamas-held Gaza Strip.

Abbas dismantled the Hamas coalition after the Islamic movement took control of the Gaza Strip in June.

Haniya said his movement's takeover of Gaza, and the subsequent crackdown against Hamas people in West Bank by pro-Abbas forces, were "passing events", and he affirmed that the two movements were "key pillars for any Palestinian political regime."

Haniya reiterated the Hamas view that the US administration did not want Fatah to hold talks with Hamas, so the way was clear for Israeli-Palestinian talks while Hamas was put under increasing pressure in Gaza.

He also warned against the US calls for an international peace conference, saying this aimed to "embody a decision for striking an Arab or Islamic country."

DPA
Last Mod: 07 Ağustos 2007, 23:06
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