Chirac tells Annan Hamas must recognise Israel

28th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 28, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac reiterated Tuesday to UN chief Kofi Annan that the new Palestinian government to be formed by Hamas has to recognise Israel and renounce violence, his office said.

PARIS, Feb 28, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac reiterated Tuesday to UN chief Kofi Annan that the new Palestinian government to be formed by Hamas has to recognise Israel and renounce violence, his office said.

Chirac gave the reminder a day after the European Union freed up 120 million euros (140 million dollars) in aid to the Palestinian Authority to help fund the transitional Palestinian government's basic needs for about two months.

The French president made the statement as he received Annan at his Paris offices for a brief meeting, according to his spokesman.

The European Union and United States are grappling for an approach to Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organisation by both blocs, which form, along with Russia and the United Nations, a group sponsoring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

A Hamas delegation led by the movement's top leader, Khaled Meshaal, was due in Moscow for talks Friday and Saturday with Russian officials.

Russian officials said they, too, would push the radical group to moderate its positions rejecting Israel's right to exist and supporting an armed struggle against the Jewish state.

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