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Gimel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-06-04 11:20 PM
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U.S. cautions PA against including Hamas in leadership
The United States has warned the Palestinian Authority against inviting Hamas to join a unified leadership group, saying that it opposes any cooperation with the militant Palestinian organization.

In an interview to the German magazine Focus, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat expressed support for the inclusion of the militant organization in the Palestinian leadership.

Asked if he supported Hamas' integration into the PA, Arafat replied: "Yes. They were there from the beginning, even if they did later break away."

But a State Department spokesman Tuesday voiced American opposition to such a move, calling for Hamas to be ostracized and stripped of any power and influence as an organization.

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