Hamas Says Sees Israeli Shift But Not Enough (REUTERS) CAIRO, EGYPT 02/02/05 06:54 PM ET)
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CAIRO (Reuters) - The exiled leader of the militant group Hamas said
on Thursday that Israel had adjusted its position on a truce but not
enough to satisfy Hamas.
"It seems there is some change in the Israeli position but we need
real precision. The matter requires to be pursued further and to be
examined more closely," Khaled Meshaal told Reuters after talks with
Meshaal met Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman on Wednesday
evening after Suleiman came back from a meeting with Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon.
Meshaal declined to give details of the change in the Israeli
Suleiman invited Sharon to a summit meeting in the Egyptian resort of
Sharm el-Sheikh next Tuesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. King Abdullah of Jordan is also
Abbas has arranged a de facto truce from Hamas and other factions
waging a 4-year-old uprising and Israel has responded to the lull by
reducing military operations.
But militants have a long list of demands before declaring any formal
cease-fire. While Israel has ruled out an agreement with the
factions, it has said it would "meet calm with calm."
Meshaal repeated two of Hamas´s basic conditions -- that Israel
release Palestinian detainees and agree to stop attacks on Hamas and
"We reaffirmed our conditions," he said.
A delegation from another militant group, Islamic Jihad, is also in
Cairo for similar talks but Meshaal said those talks were separate
and he could not say how they were going.
Meshaal said he was staying in Cairo for more talks but declined to
give a detailed timetable. (© Reuters 2005 02/02/05)
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