French FM: Policy toward Hamas remains unchanged

July 5, 2007 20:40

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Hamas's help in freeing British Broadcasting Corp. correspondent Alan Johnston in Gaza showed goodwill, but was not enough to change France's policy toward the group. Kouchner said he was very happy that Johnston has been released and his government would take the demonstration of goodwill by Hamas into account. "But they were so determined to kill and to chase their Palestinian neighbors ... Fatah, that I have no illusion for the moment," he told reporters in Geneva on the sidelines of a UN summit on responsible business. Kouchner added that France continues to recognize Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as the legitimate representative of the PA.

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