MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008
10:47 MECCA TIME, 7:47 GMT
Jimmy Carter, the former US president, has called for Hamas to be included in peace negotiations, saying they are willing to “live as a neighbour next door in peace” with Israel if Palestinians approve a deal.
Carter said on Monday that Hamas leaders told him they would accept a negotiated peace agreement, if voted for by the Palestinian people.
His comments, delivered in an address to the Israel Council on Foreign Relations and a subsequent news conference at the King David Hotel in West Jerusalem, came after he met several Hamas leaders, including Khaled Meshaal, the group’s exiled political bureau chief, in Syria last week.
Carter said Hamas leaders had told him they would accept a peace agreement negotiated by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president whose Fatah faction controls the West Bank, if Palestinians approved the deal in a vote.
Jimmy Carter’s Hope For Peace
April 21, 2008 BBC World
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