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Cheney's visit is an attempt to save the shipwrecked peace process, says Nazal

[ 17/03/2008 - 12:43 PM ]


Mohamed Nazal, the member of the Hamas political bureau, belittled the importance of the upcoming visit of American vice-president Dick Cheney to the region in making a substantial breakthrough in the course of the Palestinian cause, considering the visit an attempt to save the shipwrecked "peace process". 

In a press release, Nazal opined that the main objective of Cheney's visit is to pressure the PA and Arab parties to respond to the American vision for the future of the region, adding that the visit is not intended for pressuring Israel to stop its settlement activities or to fulfill its obligations.

The Hamas leader underlined, in another context, that the Egyptian efforts to reach calm between the two sides is still in progress, despite the obstacles placed by the Israeli occupation.

In another context, Israeli and western sources revealed that there was an agreement with the PA leadership in Ramallah to resume negotiations between senior PA negotiators and Israeli officials this week, despite the PA's allegations that it suspended its talks with Israelis in protest at the Israeli massacre in Gaza that claimed the lives of more than 130 Palestinians.

The announcement about resuming talks comes as Israel is continuing its aggression and settlement activities; besides, it did not fulfill any of its obligations to the roadmap plan according to the agreements of the Annapolis conference, while the PA security apparatuses made great strides in implementing the plan through arresting and disarming the Palestinian resistance fighters in the West Bank. 

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