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Wednesday, 18 October, 2000, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
Hamas statement on Sharm el-Sheikh accord
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Sharm el-Sheikh accord "worthless" - Hamas
The Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, issued a statement condemning the verbal accord reached at the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting. Excerpts of the statement follow:

"The outcome and the decisions of the summit meetings have proven the soundness of our and the Palestinian people's rejection of the participation of the Palestinian Authority and other Arab parties in the summit.

The summit was held to abort the blessed popular intifadah, resume security co-ordination between the enemy's government and the Palestinian Authority, and return to the futile table of negotiations.

Palestinians' demands overlooked

The summit's results fulfil the wishes of the US administration and the Zionist enemy. They confirm that the objective of the summit was not to serve our people, of whom more than 100 martyrs have fallen and over 4,000 were injured.

The objective was to save Barak's government and to serve Clinton's administration in the heat of the US election campaign.

As for the details, the few demands made by the Palestinian Authority and which focus on some minor details, were overlooked.

We reject all the results of the summit


Instead, the Zionist views were imposed because of the US bias and pressure, which set three objectives and went on to impose them on the Palestinian side.

As a result, these objectives were adopted by the summit in three resolutions. The position of Hamas in that respect is as follows:

We reject all the results of the summit. We believe that the summit does not represent our people and their political forces and national and Islamic figures. Therefore, we deem the decisions of this summit worthless both to us and to our people.

Sheikh Yassin
Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
We stress that Al-Aqsa intifadah was not launched for the achievement of minor demands. It was launched with the aim of expelling the occupation from our land and holy sites and attaining our full rights.

We are determined, so are all the Palestinian forces, to maintain the intifadah until its objectives are achieved, in God's will.

Grave mistake

We condemn the US position, which is blatantly biased in favour of the Zionist enemy. We urge all the Arab states to disregard the US position and the wretched Sharm el-Sheikh decisions.

We urge them to take the side of the Palestinian people and the Arab and Muslim masses by resuming resistance and popular intifadah until the occupation is driven out.

The Palestinian people must continue the intifadah


We urge the Palestinian people not to implement the Sharm el-Sheikh decisions on the ground. Let all the forces of our people unite on the path of a general confrontation against the occupation, which is the only way to achieve true national unity.

We call on the Arab and Islamic nation to resume their people's actions in support of the Al-Aqsa intifadah, and to demand that their governments support this choice and reject the Sharm el-Sheikh decisions.

We urge the Palestinian Authority to support the choice of our people and nation, which is resistance and popular intifadah.

If the Palestinian Authority has made a grave mistake by attending the Sharm el-Sheikh summit, then it should not make yet a greater mistake by implementing the decisions of the wretched summit. Otherwise, it will be the loser in the end, and will be departing from the national consensus of our people."

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