Sunday, September 7, 2008

Abu Zuhri: Abbas not authorized to negotiate on behalf of the Palestinian people

"GAZA, (PIC)-- Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, has underlined that PA chief Mahmoud Abbas was no longer authorized to negotiate with the Israeli occupation authority in the name of the Palestinian people.

Abbas's insistence on maintaining negotiations with the IOA reflects the project he and his negotiating team are promulgating regardless of the results, Abu Zuhri elaborated in a press release.

He said that there is no way that any agreement reached by Abbas with the IOA would be applied, noting that Abbas was about to leave office.

He said that any referendum on such an agreement should be made only after restructuring the PLO on new agreed upon basis.

The spokesman, who was commenting on Israeli president Shimon Peres's statement that Hamas should not be allowed to participate in any future elections, said that the statement meant nothing for his Movement.

Abu Zuhri stressed that Hamas is the strongest faction in the Palestinian arena and no one could sidestep or weaken it, and added that any elections without Hamas would be "worthless" in the light of the absence of the majority, which Hamas represents."

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