Hamas is committed to unilateral truce
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 2/8/2005
Just few hours before the quartet summit, the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement ( Hamas) announced it is committed to a unilateral truce "to test the Israeli intention" hours before a conference in Sharm al-Sheikh between the Palestinians and the Israelis and in the presence of Jordan and Egypt.
The prominent figure in Hamas movement Mahmoud al-Zahhar following a meeting in Gaza on Monday with the Egyptian security delegation led by lt. gen. Mustafa al-Buheiri, assistant director for the Egyptian general intelligence, said "we have started unilateral truce for testing the intentions." He added in remarks to Sharm al-Sheikh summit "we do hope that there will be no declared decisions without resorting and talking to the Palestinian groups, so as the whole scene will seem to be incomplete." He expressed his hope that the chairman of the Palestinian authority Mahmoud Abbas will discuss results of the summit with the movement so as it will declare final position.
For his part, the leading figure in the Islamic Jihad movement, Muhammad al-Hindi, said that his movement will not constitute any threat before announcing the reciprocated cease fire but he stressed there will be no reciprocated announcement without a price (a concession).
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