Abbas: Coalition talks with Hamas not ruled out

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December 20, 2006 19:14

 
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he would not rule out new unity government talks with Hamas despite more than a week of factional violence between his Fatah party and the Islamic militant group. Abbas has called for new elections - a year after Hamas won parliamentary elections - saying it was the only way to break the political deadlock in the Palestinian government. Hamas opposes new elections. Speaking to reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday, Abbas left the door open to new coalition talks, though he did not back away from his election threat. "We have no objection to more talks," he said.

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