Turkey, Russia say Hamas should be included in peace process

The Turkish president said that Palestine had been divided into two, and should be reunited.

Turkey, Russia say Hamas should be included in peace process

Turkey and Russia said on Wednesday the Palestinian movement Hamas should not be excluded from the Middle East peace process after this week's launch of indirect talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

The Turkish president said that Palestine had been divided into two, and should be reunited.

"There is a need for talks with both parties for a reunification," Turkey's President Abdullah Gul told a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Ankara.

Gul said peace could not be achieved if Hamas was not involved.

"Nobody should be excluded when these talks are held. Unfortunately the Palestinians are divided in two. They must be united and to unite them there must be talks with both sides. The Hamas side won elections in Gaza and so cannot be ignored," Gul said.

Gul added: "When Turkey talked (with Hamas) it faced threats but it emerged that Turkey was right. You cannot achieve peace by excluding people."

Medvedev and Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad met Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of Hamas, in Damascus on Tuesday.

After his talks with Gul on Wednesday, the Russian leader also indicated that Hamas should be included in the process.

"We agreed to perhaps resolve this problem more actively, attracting all sides that are participating in the conflict, without isolating anyone from the process," Medvedev said.

"What is happening now in the Palestinian administration shows that when there is such a division it's impossible to resolve internal problems -- that's why the situation in Palestine itself is getting worse," he said.

Medvedev said the United States should be more active on this issue, and the Middle East should be a region purified from nuclear weapons.

"Presence of nuclear weapons and their use will be a disaster," he said.

The PLO announced on Sunday the start of indirect talks with Israel mediated by the United States, which said both sides had taken steps to help its peace efforts succeed.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a total freeze on construction of settlements in occupied West Bank territory.


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