Article published on the 2008-11-08 Latest update 2008-11-08 13:53 TU
“Hamas decided not to attend the dialogue talks in Egypt” Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said. “Our decision was made because President Mahmud Abbas is continuing to weaken the Hamas movement and he has not released any Hamas detainees in the West Bank.”
The announcement was confirmed by Egyptian foreign ministry officials, who were slated to host the talks beginning Monday.
The cancellation is a blow to US efforts to encourage peace in the region, and cast a pall over Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit to the West Bank city of Jenin, which went on as planned.
Meanwhile, a group of European MPs, carrying medical supplies landed on the shores of Gaza in defiance of an Israeli blockade on the territory.
Mary Hughes, of the US-based Free Gaza Movement, called the operation “a complete success” after she received word that the boat had made land.
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