Italy: Aid to PA must not reach extremist coffers

Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday stressed the European Union line that EU aid to needy Palestinians must not end up helping extremist organizations. Berlusconi made the comments in meetings at his office with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Talks included discussion of the recent election victory by Hamas in the Palestinian territories and Israel's election, scheduled for March 28, the premier's office said. "In particular there was full agreement on the need that the new Palestinian leadership formed by Hamas renounce violence, recognize previously signed accords and the right to existence of the state of Israel," the statement said.