Annapolis meeting promotes 'false illusion': groups

US-hosted Annapolis meeting will promote "a false illusion of a Palestinian state," a leader said Monday at a counter-conference in Gaza City.

Annapolis meeting promotes 'false illusion': groups

This week's international conference on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict will promote "a false illusion of a Palestinian state," a leader said Monday at a counter-conference in Gaza City.

Such a state would be divided and surrounded by Israel and its task would be "striking the resistance and protecting Israel," Mohammed al-Hindi, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad, said.

Four groups - the Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command and Hamas took part in the Gaza counter-conference, which was called in opposition to the international parley, which gets underway Tuesday at Annapolis, Maryland.

Hamas, which was not invited to Annapolis and which organized the counter-conference, said President Mahmoud Abbas' delegation to the United States "did not represent the Palestinian people and has no authorization."

"This conference is to announce the rise of the Palestinian people, who will not beg for their rights" from President George W Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, al-Hindi declared.

Predicting the Annapolis meet, which is aimed at relaunching Israeli-Palestinian talks after a 7-year hiatus, would fail, al-Hindi said "resistance and unity are the only things which will determine the future of the (Israeli-Palestinian) conflict."

"No one has the right to give up any national principle," Osama al-Muzini, a senior Hamas leader, said.

Al-Muzini was one of the top-ranking Hamas figures and lawmakers who signed a document Monday denouncing any possible Palestinian concessions, and asserting that "the Palestinian people is the only side that has the right of self-determination" in the conflict with the Israelis.

The document, based on the Hamas charter which does not recognize Israel and sees the borders of Palestine extending from the Jordan river in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, said that the land of Palestine was "open to all Muslims and no one has the right to give up any foot of it."

Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, but a unity government with Abbas' Fatah party was dissolved in June this year, after the Islamist organization routed Abbas' forces in five days of fighting and seized control of the Gaza Strip.

Abbas has since nominated a new government, based in the West Bank, but Hamas continues to administer the Gaza Strip, making it impossible for the Palestinian Authority to implement in the salient any agreement with Israel which goes against the principles of the groups.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Kasım 2007, 16:08