Germany welcomes Palestinian unity deal

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9 February 2007, Berlin (dpa) - The German government Friday welcomed the power- sharing deal reached between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah as a "step in the right direction." Government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm called on both sides to abide by the agreement, reached on Thursday after two days of negotiations in Mecca under the auspices of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Praising the monarch's role in brokering the accord, the spokesman said the German government hoped it would bring an end

9 February 2007

Berlin (dpa) - The German government Friday welcomed the power- sharing deal reached between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah as a "step in the right direction."

Government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm called on both sides to abide by the agreement, reached on Thursday after two days of negotiations in Mecca under the auspices of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

Praising the monarch's role in brokering the accord, the spokesman said the German government hoped it would bring an end to the deadly violence between supporters of the two factions.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said Germany would discuss the latest developments with the EU's partners in the Mideast Quartet, which has been seeking to mediate an end to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

Jaeger said Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier planned to telephone fellow quartet members Russia, the US and the UN later Friday.

The foreign minister also planned to contact Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who is due to speak at an international security conference in Munich Friday evening.

Jaeger said preparations were underway for a meeting of quartet foreign ministers in Berlin, but declined to say whether it would take place on February 21.

Steinmeier also planned to meet Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, at the Munich conference, Jaeger said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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