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Hamas reiterates opposition to Abbas' UN statehood bid

Arab World Materials 18 September 2011 23:49
A leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Sunday restated the group's opposition to plans to seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state, saying Hamas would only agree to a process that came with no conditions or concessions offered, dpa reported.
Hamas reiterates opposition to Abbas' UN statehood bid

A leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Sunday restated the group's opposition to plans to seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state, saying Hamas would only agree to a process that came with no conditions or concessions offered, dpa reported.

"Hamas never opposed establishing a Palestinian state with full sovereignty that our people agree upon without recognizing Israel or making concessions on any inch of the lands of historic Palestine," said Ismail Haniya, the prime minister of the group's de facto government administering the Gaza Strip.

The comments came in reaction to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to request full membership of a Palestinian state at the United Nations.

Abbas' bid would seek a Palestinian state based on borders in 1967, effectively recognizing Israel's existence, a major sticking point for Hamas.

"Requesting a full membership of a Palestinian state established on 1967 territories from the Security Council is a political adventure that doesn't support the Arab and Palestinian will," said Haniya.

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