Hamas officials in Cairo for Palestinian talks

February 6, 2006 10:52

A top Hamas official said the group would abide by past agreements Palestinian leaders made with Israel as it strives to create a ruling coalition after a stunning election victory, but also cautioned that no deal is eternal and Hamas would end any past deals it believed were illogical or unfair. The comments by Moussa Abu Marzouk, the right-hand man to Hamas' political leader Khaled Mashaal, came as Hamas leaders from Syria and Palestinian areas gathered here Sunday for talks to try to hammer out a power-sharing deal between Hamas and the more moderate Fatah party. Marzouk said he had met with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah's leader, and that Abbas did not insist that Hamas had to recognize Israel or make other concessions before Fatah would negotiate a deal to form the next Palestinian government. Speaking of past peace deals between the Palestinians and Israel, Marzouk told reporters: "There is no authority that inherits another authority without abiding by the agreements already made. But the other party also should be committed to the agreements."

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