Abbas: Hamas seizure of Gaza Strip "destructive"

August 8, 2007 12:44


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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip was "destructive" to the quest for a Palestinian state and reiterated his rejection of any talks with the militant group. "What Hamas did was destructive," Abbas told reporters, referring to the Gaza takeover. "Hamas helped all the enemies of the Palestinian people and those who don't want to a Palestinian state." "If Hamas wants any dialogue, it must reverse all that it did in the Gaza Strip," Abbas said after his talks with Mubarak in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria. Abbas made the comments after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, part of a flurry of meetings ahead of a US-sponsored peace conference set for this fall.

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