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Fatah Urges Hamas to Accept Interim Peace Deals
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Spokesman of the Palestinian Fatah movement Ahmed Abdel Rahman urged on Sunday the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which will form a new Palestinian government within weeks, to accept previous deals with Israel including the interim peace agreements.

Abdel Rahman told local radio "Voice of Palestine" that the Hamas vision for the future Palestinian government "lacked politics" since it failed to give a clear acceptance to agreements reached by the Palestinians and Israel in the past, including the interim peace agreements dubbed the Oslo Accords.
Abdel Rahman made the statement after Hamas prime minister-designate Ismail Haneya presented a letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, who now leads Fatah, on Friday to detail Hamas' future government platform and latest efforts to form a Hamas-led new Palestinian government.

Abdel Rahman stressed that the Palestinian people's interests were directly linked with the internationally-sponsored interim peace deals, warning "any party assuming the authoritative power cannot jump over this fact."

A copy of the Hamas government platform said, "The future Hamas-led cabinet will deal with the reality resulted from the previous accords reached between the Palestinian (National) Authority and Israel."

"The new government has the right to reconsider these accords on the basis of respecting the international law and implementing its text to protect the rights and interests of the Palestinian people," it added.

"If Israel recognizes the Palestinian national rights and withdraws from all the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 including the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, we will examine a mechanism for negotiations," according to the platform.

Abbas has demanded Hamas to open peace talks with Israel and accept interim peace deals in the Feb. 22 accreditation letter, which formally tasked Haneya with forming a new government.

Hamas, sworn to Israel's destruction, has refused to renounce violence and abide by previous Palestinian-Israeli agreements.

Considering the Hamas platform too vague, Abbas has urged Hamas to clarify its positions.

The interim peace deals have envisioned a negotiated solution to the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

(Xinhua News Agency March 13, 2006)

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