Zahhar denies Abbas’s claims about Hamas involvement in talks with Israel 21Nov09 November 22, 2009

The Palestinian Information Center -  21 November 2009


Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, a member of Hamas political bureau, on Saturday categorically denied Mahmoud Abbas’s recent remarks to the BBC in which he alleged that the Movement of Hamas negotiates with Israel through American mediation.

“This is not true and you will hear from Abu Mazen (Abbas) a lot in this regard,” Dr. Zahhar told Quds Press.

He added that these remarks are intended for showing no difference between Fatah and Hamas regarding negotiation.

As for the contacts with European parties, the Hamas official said that Europe is seeking to talk with his Movement in order to understand its positions towards some issues and not to negotiate with it.

Regarding the Palestinian reconciliation, the official explained that his Movement wants to sign what was agreed upon with Fatah in Cairo, but the Egyptian paper includes procedural issues which were not discussed before with Hamas.

He cited as an example that it was agreed during reconciliation talks in Cairo on forming an electoral committee of all Palestinian factions to organize the elections other than the existing central election committee, but Egypt changed that in its paper.

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