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Abbas orders the release of 200 political prisoners

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 22, 2009

Maan added that Abbas told Egyptian security officials who visited Ramallah recently that “Fateh movement agrees to all of the demands of Hamas under the condition that Hamas agrees to presidential and legislative elections in 2010”. 

The statements of Abbas surprised the Egyptian team who immediately headed to Damascus to hold talks with Hamas’ political bureau leader, Khalid Mashal, to listen to his response.

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Arab League chief: Israel’s policies border on ‘madness’

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 30, 2009

“The deliberate targeting of civilians is just one example of how the Israeli military’s ideology is nearing madness,” Mussa said.

The Arab League’s secretary general further called for Israeli soldiers to be held accountable for what he said were war crimes committed during Israel’s 22-day offensive in the Gaza Strip in late December and January.

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Fayyad to stay on as PA prime minister – for now

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 30, 2009

Diplomats say Fayyad – who says he won’t reconsider resignation – has grown increasingly frustrated both by a lack of progress in peace talks with Israel and by opposition within Abbas’s secular Fatah faction to his control over the Palestinian Authority’s purse strings.

Samir Abdallah, Minister of Planning, said Fayyad’s meeting with his 15 ministers on Monday was the government’s last session.

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