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  4/25/2014, Nissan 25, 5774

Abbas: Unity Deal No Contradiction to Peace Deal


There is no need for Israel to halt talks and impose sanctions on the Palestinian Authority because of the deal it signed with Hamas, PA chief Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday night – because the deal does not contradict any previous agreements with Israel, nor does it obviate the basic principles of negotiations.

Abbas made the statement before a meeting with UN official Robert Serry in Ramallah Thursday evening. It was the PA's first official response to the announcement earlier that Israel was suspending peace talks with the Palestinians in the wake of the unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas.