Thursday, July 5, 2007

Salam Pierre Laval Fayyad Vows to Crack Down on Gunmen in W. Bank

"Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayad on Thursday pledged to crack down on militants in the West Bank but said success hinged on Israel agreeing to stop pursuing the gunmen.

Fayyad, head of the emergency government that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas established last month after Hamas's takeover of the Gaza Strip, said the push for law and order would not target the Islamist group alone.

"We need to be very serious about this, regardless of who they may be, which party they may belong to. If they choose not to cooperate in this effort, they are a foe, the party is over," Fayad said.

"We just cannot be serious about building a state and at the same time accepting armed militias ... We have to bring matters under control. This may be our last chance."....."

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