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Hamas 'will not obstruct' 1967 borders deal

Khaled Meshaal
Khaled Meshaal said Hamas welcomes any serious opportunities that lead to self-determination

Hamas will not obstruct any political movement towards establishing a Palestinian state on 1967 borders, says its exiled leader, Khaled Meshaal.

At a press conference given at the end of Palestinian crisis talks in Egypt, Mr Meshaal said that the meeting had been important and fruitful.

Mr Meshaal reflected on President Obama's recent speeches on the Middle East calling his tone "encouraging".

He warned that "the main obstacle is what is happening in the West Bank".

Egypt has been hosting separate meetings with representatives of Hamas and Fatah to try and stem a growing crisis between the two factions.

Raids in the city of Qalqilya last week left nine people dead and put months of mediation work by Cairo in jeopardy.

On Sunday, Egyptian officials met leaders of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah group while Mr Meshaal met with Egypt's intelligence chief Omar Suleiman on Tuesday.

At the press conference that followed further talks with the leader of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, Mr Meshaal condemned the situation in the West Bank.

Khaled Meshaal and Amr Moussa
At the meeting, Amr Moussa (R) said he believed progress is possible.

"The resistance is persecuted and incriminated, and mujahidin are being killed," he said.

But he said that at the talks Hamas and Egypt had agreed on steps to end this situation in order to reach reconciliation which he said had so far been hampered by foreign pressure.

The encouraging words of the new US administration on reaching a settlement needed to be translated into actions and, he said, Hamas now expected true pressure to be put on the Israelis.



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