Israel ”not rejecting, not accepting” Mecca agreement

Published February 11th, 2007 - 09:58 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday said that Israel is yet to form its stance on the Mecca Accord on a Palestinian unity government signed between Fatah and Hamas factions last week. Speaking at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, Olmert said Sunday that "Israel is not rejecting nor is it embracing the Mecca Accord. Israel is studying the details of the agreement."

 

Olmert added that he spoke earlier with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Mecca Accord. The Israeli premier said he was pleased to hear from Putin that Russia is still backing the position of the Quartet on Middle East peace negotiations.

On Saturday it was reported that Israel rejected the Mecca agreement on a Palestinian unity government. Sources said the accord was not in line with the Quartet of Middle East mediators' conditions - recognition of Israel, renouncing violence, and ratifying past agreements and the road map.

 

According to Haaretz, Israeli sources said Israel will insist on the three conditions, which are expected to be the focus of the tri-partite summit between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice next Monday.

 

The sources added the dispute over the new Palestinian government and its accepting the Quartet's demands casts a heavy shadow on the triangle summit. However, it is expected the summit will be held since the Palestinian government will not be formed by next Monday. However, any progress in the peace talks is conditional on the Palestinian government's fulfilling the Quartet's demands, they said.

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