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Hamas rejects US state offer

Palestinian PM: US plan for state with temporary borders is 'unacceptable intervention'

Yaakov Lappin
Published: 12.27.06, 02:46 / Israel News

The PA Hamas government has turned down an American proposal to form a Palestinian state in two years with temporary borders, Hamas' English language website said Tuesday night.


"The PA government sitting under chairmanship of premier Ismail Haneyya on Tuesday declared rejection of an American proposal to establish a Palestinian state with temporary borders within two years," the website said.


It added that Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh "described such plans as an unacceptable intervention in Palestinian internal affairs."


Haniyeh was reported as saying "that Washington should recognize the Palestinian people's legitimate rights including establishment of a fully-sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, release of all prisoners and return of refugees."


According to recent reports, the US State Department is weighing a proposal to form a Palestinian state with interim borders by 2007, as part of a renewed US peace drive in the Middle East.


'Jordanians and Palestinians are brothers'

Meanwhile, according to the Hamas website, Haniyeh welcomed the "Jordanian initiative that

aims to bring him together with PA chief Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, and stressed the brotherly relations between the Palestinian and Jordanian peoples."


It added that Haniyeh, who will "leave Gaza on Wednesday for Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj (pilgrimage), finally said that Abbas' meeting with Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert did not achieve anything new on the ground."


The site added that Saudi Arabia planned to distribute USD 400,000 to Palestinian pilgrims attending the Hajj.


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