Friday, March 03, 2006

Russia to Hamas: Recognize Israel

Reuters reports:

Shunned by Israel and the United States, Hamas hoped to gain a measure of international standing from the Moscow talks, its first with a major foreign power since winning Palestinian parliamentary elections on January 25.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he had insisted all demands made by the Quartet of Middle East mediators -- Russia, the United Nations, United States and European Union -- must be respected.

"That means above all the need to stick by all existing agreements, the need to recognize the right of Israel to exist as a partner in negotiations (and) the need to reject all armed methods of settling political questions," the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying after talks with Hamas leaders.

This should prove to be quite interesting....

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