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June 07, 2003

Hamas Stops Talks on Halting Attacks on Israelis

There are many media reports of this key dismissal of peace talks by Hamas. I cite here what I consider a key statement
[...]"Let Abu Mazen use whatever force he wishes against the Palestinian people, the Palestinian people will never cede an inch of their land," Rantissi said.

Ziad Abu Amr, the Palestinian cabinet minister commissioned by Abbas to liase [be liaison] with various factions, said the government had made a commitment "not to resort to force in running internal Palestinian affairs."

The afterglow of the summit had already faded on Thursday, when Palestinian President Yasser Arafat publicly questioned whether anything had been achieved and hard-liners on both sides vowed to oppose the road map[more]