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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

PLO Executive Committee Rejects any Transitional Solution with Israel

PLO Executive Committee Rejects any Transitional Solution with Israel

[PMC is an official PNA Web news outlet]
Palestine Media Center-PMC

The Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization rejected
any transitional solutions for long term truce with Israel, including the
"State with Temporary Borders" idea that PM Ismael Hanniya's Political
Advisor, Ahmed Youssef, said he formulated it with European and Israeli
parties, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.

The committee affirmed that making this document and circulating it to some
Arab leaders "contradicts the role of the Government in accordance with law
as well as national reconciliation document, stressing that any negotiations
or political projects are attached to the PLO and its Chairman, who is also
is the President of the PNA."

The committee "welcomed the initiative to resume the national dialogue to
form a national unity government within two weeks."

It said that earlier elections should be the alternative in case the
national unity government is not formed.

Meanwhile, Abbas told top officials from his Fatah party that he intended to
go ahead with his plan to call early elections -- a move rejected by Hamas
when it was first announced in mid-December, sparking internecine bloodshed.

"I will not go back on holding early parliamentary and presidential
elections," Eissa Karaqaa, a senior Fatah official in Bethlehem, quoted
Abbas as telling the Fatah closed-door meeting in the town on Sunday.

"This plan is not a tactic. All paths to forming a government of national
unity are closed and there is no other choice except these elections," Abbas
said, adding that Fatah should "prepare" for the polls.

President Abbas first issued his call for early polls on December 16,
sparking armed clashes between Fatah and Hamas supporters that killed 15
people in Gaza before a truce was reached four days later.

Simmering factional tensions boiled over into armed clashes again last
Wednesday, killing 16 people and wounding more than 70 others since then.

On Saturday, Abbas upped the stakes in his face-off with Hamas, when he
demanded that it disband its interior ministry's "executive force," saying
it was illegal and should be integrated into existing security structures.

"The executive force (controlled by Hamas) is illegal... and will be treated
as such if it is not immediately integrated... into legal security services
as stipulated by basic law," said a statement from the presidency.

Hamas slammed Abbas's call as a "mistake", warned against a crackdown, and
declared that it intended to more than double the size of the 5,500-strong
armed force, taking it to 12,000 men.

"It's not true that the executive force is outside of the security
 services," Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, a key Hamas figure, said in Gaza
late Saturday. "It works legally according to the orders of the interior

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