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Friday, January 27, 2006

 

Reuters: Major powers pressure Hamas to end violence

Reuters - Yahoo News -- 30 minutes ago

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice puts her hands together as she talks with reporters from Reuters during an interview at the State Department in Washington, January 26, 2006. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, said major mediating powers on Thursday agreed Hamas should renounce violence after the militant group's shock victory in a Palestinian parliamentary election.

"We reaffirmed the view that ... you can't have one foot in terror and the other in politics," Rice told Reuters in an interview after senior officials from the so-called Quartet -- Russia, the United Nations, the European Union and the United States -- spoke by telephone.

Rice, who ruled out giving U.S. aid to Hamas, also said she reassured Israel -- in a separate call to her counterpart -- that the international community would demand the militant group recognize the Jewish state.

Full Reuters News story.

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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