Hamas refuses concessions

04 December 2003
Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas' political wing, on 3 December said that the group would not give Israel any further 'free concessions' to reach a ceasefire. 'The Palestinians proclaimed a truce several months ago which failed because the enemy pursued its crimes and refused to release prisoners,' Meshaal told the London-based daily Al-Hayat. 'Consequently, we have no interest in speaking again of a truce and offering free concessions.'

Hamas is attending peace talks in Cairo aimed at agreeing on a ceasefire. Early reports suggest that the groups attending the meetings are sceptical about reaching any agreement. 'We must stand by our right to resist the occupation, defend our people and unite Palestinian ranks,' Meshaal said (MEED 1:12:03).

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