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    Haniyeh applauds decision to stop talks Published today (updated) 03/10/2010 22:39 http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=320459 GAZA CITY (Ma an) --
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      Haniyeh applauds decision to stop talks
      Published today (updated) 03/10/2010 22:39
      http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=320459

      GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that
      upcoming talks between rival movements Fatah and Hamas would be "a real test
      for reconciliation."

      "Achieving serious progress on the security issue will pus one step away
      from signing the Egyptian document and will the groundwork for the practical
      implementation of the agreement," Haniyeh said.

      However, the Gaza premier warned that any delay to the new round of talks
      scheduled for next week "might open the door to negative explanations, which
      we don't want."

      After officials from both parties met in Damascus last week, party members
      said three of the four disputed points on the Egyptian proposal, which has
      stopped Hamas from signing the deal, were finalized. Talks are scheduled for
      next week and will include security experts from both parties in a bid to
      reach a final consensus.

      Haniyeh applauded the PLO Executive Committee's decision to halt
      negotiations, "which should be followed by other steps to affirm that it
      stemmed from true will to straighten the political track and support a
      united national agenda rather than a tactical move."

      He added: "Our attitude toward negotiations is clear; we refuse to be
      dependent on US plans."

      Haniyeh also called on the Palestinian Authority to bring an end to
      politically motivated arrests.
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