Haniyeh warns against concessions to Israel

Published September 20th, 2009 - 12:36 GMT

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday warned against making any concessions to Israel concerning Jerusalem or the right of return of Palestinian refugees during the US-hosted talks. "No one has been given a mandate to renounce Al-Quds or the refugees," Haniyeh said during a speech to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

 

"No one, not even the Palestine Liberation Organization or anyone else, has been mandated to accept any agreement that will undermine the rights of the Palestinian people," the Hamas leader added.

 

Tuesday's US-hosted three-way meeting will be held despite the failure last week by American envoy George Mitchell to wrest a compromise deal on the Israeli settlements.

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