Mubarak: Barghouti damages Palestinian unity

Published December 2nd, 2004 - 04:34 GMT

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday described Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as the "Palestinians' best chance for peace." 
"I think if they (Palestinians) can't achieve progress in the time of the current (Israeli) prime minister, it will be very difficult to make any progress in peace. He (Sharon) is capable of pursuing peace, and he is capable of reaching solutions, if he wants to," Mubarak told reporters in Port Said, where he had gone to inaugurate a new port project.


"Israel's prime minister said he was prepared to do what the Palestinians want, to facilitate the elections, and help in removing the checkpoints. He only asks for one thing: the end of the explosions, so they can work together on a solid basis," Mubarak stated.


Mubarak added the decision by jailed Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouti, to run in the upcoming Palestinian election had damaged Palestinian unity and that Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) would probably win the vote. "Fatah has nominated Abu Mazen and Abu Mazen, I think, will be the one to win," Mubarak said.


"There is Marwan al-Barghouti. He said; 'No', then came back again. It splits the Palestinian line and we urge the Palestinians that there should be one voice and no differences at a time when we need to stay clear of differences," Mubarak commented.



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