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Palestinian PM Haniyeh
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EU Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner
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Haniyeh: No unity government in PA
Palestinian prime minister clarifies that Hamas will continue to be strong element of PA government for next four years, and only one of its leaders will head PA. EU Commissioner doesn’t plan to meet with Hamas leaders during tour of region
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh cooled winds Monday regarding the possibility of establishing a unity government headed by an independent Palestinian official. Haniyeh said the every government in the next four years would be appointed by Hamas and be led by a representative of the party, because it simply holds the most seats in the PA parliament.

 

Speaking with journalists in Gaza Monday, Haniyeh said that it was too early to speak of a national unity government, but noted that a dialogue between Palestinian faction regarding the Prisoners’ Document was progressing seriously and positively.

 

In the afternoon, Hamas and Fatah representatives met in attempt to achieve the signing of an agreement which would cancel the national referendum scheduled for July.

 

With that, government spokesman Dr. Razi Hamad said that the Palestinians were prepared to hold unconditional negotiations with representatives of the Quartet to coordinate the renewal of financial aid to the PA.

 

It should be noted that European Union Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who was touring the region Monday to discuss ways of bypassing Hamas in transferring aid with PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli leaders, was not planning to meet with any Hamas leaders while in Ramallah.

 

Abbas’s associates expressed satisfaction with Ferrero-Waldner’s statements during her visit that the EU does not support unilateral realignment and the establishment of non-negotiated borders.

 

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