US Congresswoman: Hamas-Fatah unity risks US aid to PA

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April 28, 2011 07:41

 
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US Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, the highest ranking Democrat serving on the House Foreign Aid subcommittee, responded to the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement, saying that it puts US aid to the Palestinian Authority at risk.

“For decades, the United States has provided assistance to the Palestinian Authority to build government institutions, strengthen security forces, and promote economic development,"  Lowey said in a statement Wednesday. "This aid is predicated on the PA’s commitment to pursuing efforts to establish peace with Israel. A unity government with Hamas would put US assistance and support at risk, based on restrictions I authored as Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations."

"Unless Hamas accepts the Quartet Principles, which include renouncing violence and recognizing Israel, the formation of a unity government with Fatah will be a deathblow to the peace process," Lowey said.

“I strongly urge the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to reconsider forming a unity government with Hamas and to instead return to negotiations with Israel, which are the only hope for a peaceful, stable, and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians.”

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