Coalition divided on visa for Haniyeh

16th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – Coalition parties Christian democrat CDA, ChristenUnie and Labour PvdA are divided on whether Palestinian prime minister and Hamas party member Ismail Haniyeh should be granted a visa to attend a gathering in the Netherlands.

16 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – Coalition parties Christian democrat CDA, ChristenUnie and Labour PvdA are divided on whether Palestinian prime minister and Hamas party member Ismail Haniyeh should be granted a visa to attend a gathering in the Netherlands.

CDA and ChristenUnie do not think he should be issued permission to enter the country. The PvdA thinks he should be granted permission to come to address the gathering as prime minister, but not as a private individual, MP Martijn van Dam said on Monday.

Haniyeh has been invited to Rotterdam for the Palestinian-European conference on the fate of Palestinian refugees planned for 5 May. He has not applied for a visa yet, but if he should do so then the Netherlands plans to refuse his application, Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said on Saturday.

Hamas is on the European list of terrorist organisations. The Palestinian government does not recognise the state of Israel and refuses to denounce violence against Israel. This is why Verhagen wants only to hold talks with individual members of the Palestinian government who do satisfy these requirements, so as to support the moderate tendencies in the regime.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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