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Monday, February 12, 2007

President Abbas... Calls Israelis to Deal with the Fait Accompli

President Abbas Authorizes Haneyeh to Form Uinty Gov't Next Thursday, Calls
Israelis to Deal with the Fait Accompli
[Offical PNA Press Web site]
GAZA, Palestine, February 12,2007 (IPC+ Agencies)   -President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that he will officially authorize prime Minister Ismael Haneya to form a unity government next Thursday after the resignation of incumbent government which include four
ministers are being still jailed by Israel.

Following his meeting Egyptian President Mohammed Hussni Mubrak in Cairo
Abbas said " in pursuant to the basic law, Haneyeh will resign and then I
will ask officially in a meeting slated 15 February in Gaza to form
coalition government."

President Abbas and Khaled Mashal, Exiled Hamas's politburo in Damascus
agreed late Thursday in Mecca under the auspice of Saudi Arabia to form a
national unity government heads by Haneyeh provided that his deputy should
be from Fateh.

Abbas underlined that it is required from the National unity government to
abide literally by the letter of appointment, pointing out that those who
are uninvolved in Government are free to speak but the involved ones have to
abide with the letter of appointment.

Reliable sources of Fateh said " President Abbas will carry out within next
three days consultations with Fateh's leader to pick up vice Prime minister
of New coalition government."

The sources told London-based Al Quds Al Arabi newspaper reported that there
has been more than one name nominated for the position among were lawmaker
Mohamed Dahlan and Fateh's executive committee and lawmaker Hakam Balwai and
Azzam Al Ahmad, head of Fateh's parliamentary bloc at PLC.

It is expected that the government will meet within next few days and submit
its resignation to Haneyeh and an acting government will put in place
instead, unless the formation of News coalition.

Status quo policy

President Abbas called Israel to deal with the "status quo" over the next

"This is a Palestinian issue and an Arab issue and it is up to the Israelis
to deal with the fait accompli," Abbas said. He also stressed that it would
be the Palestinian presidency and the Palestine Liberation Organization
which would lead any peace negotiations with Israel.

"This is clear to everyone, including Israel, the (Palestinian) government
or other parties. It is not up to them to say 'yes' or 'no' if the talk is
about official negotiations between us and the Israelis," he added. Abbas
made the remarks after briefing Jordanian Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit on
Thursday's agreement between his Fatah faction and Hamas to set up a
national unity government.

In a related development, the trilateral meeting including President Abbas,
USA secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert, slated on 19 Feb. according to President Abbas will set the features
of the road to resurrect negotiations over the final status settlement in
the Palestinian territories.

"The tripartite summit with Rice and Olmert will be on19 February to set the
features of the road to start a final peace process," Abbas said.

He added " we have already agreed with Rice that we must go to final status
settlement and negotiations over borders, settlement, refugees and statehood
and we will put a timetable to implement this when negotiations starts."

In this regard, Israeli official sources asserted that the summit will be on
scheduled time and denied predictions of possible delay until forming
Palestinian unity government.

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