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Adams welcomes Palestinian Agreement

4 May, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed today’s agreement between Fatah and Hamas which brings to an end a four year rift between these organisations.

The agreement sets a context for a joint interim government and elections next year in the Palestinian territories.

Mr. Adams said:

“This is an important development. It creates a unique opportunity for a real negotiation involving Palestinian and Israeli representatives to achieve a viable peace settlement.

It is not without its difficulties and all sides must be prepared to take significant risks if progress is to be achieved.

The initial response of the Israeli government has been disappointing.

However, the political dynamic in the Middle East is changing. The agreement between Fatah and Hamas reflects this.

The Israeli government needs to come to terms with the fact that the strategic interests of Israeli and Palestinian citizens is for peace. And that peace must encompass the security, prosperity and stability of the Israeli people and of the Palestinian people."

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