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Abbas Tells World He Wants to Stop Terror

In a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Wednesday, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas insisted he is working against terrorism.
By Naomi Grossman
First Publish: 10/20/2005, 1:12 PM / Last Update: 10/20/2005, 10:32 AM

Abbas told the Spanish leader that his government is pushing Hamas to disarm, hoping to help the terrorist group to become a legitimate political party before January elections in Gaza.

The PA leader also told Spanish officials he is working to prevent a repeat of the terrorist attacks that resulted in the murders of three young Israelis one day before the start of the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Four other young people were injured in the attacks, leading Israel to suspend contacts with the Palestinian Authority.

On Thursday, Abbas is scheduled to meet in Washington with U.S. President George W. Bush to discuss an array of issues surrounding the Palestinian Authority’s effort to create an autonomous government rule.

Hamas’ participation in the PA general election will be on the agenda, as well as the ongoing anarchy throughout Gaza, including kidnappings and random shootings.

Prior to meeting with Bush, the PA leader will meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Coinciding with Abbas’ meetings with Rice and Bush, Israel sent a message to Washington, expressing dissatisfaction with Abbas’s performance in regard to his commitment to halt terror.

Vice Premier Shimon Peres, on the other hand, has responded to Abbas’s statements by saying, “We truly believe Abu Mazen when he says he wants peace, but he must translate his statements into actions.”