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Palestinian PM to meet with factions amid Hamas row

Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas is to meet with all Palestinian factions this week following his pledge to end the armed intifada, a minister said. “Talks will be resumed this week and we will remove the reason that stopped the dialogue,” culture minister Ziad Abu Amr told AFP following a cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “I think that after Abu Mazen (Abbas) has met the parliament and given the press conference on Monday, the position will be clear and we can resume dialogue where it stopped,” said Abu Amr, who is in charge of contacts with Palestinian factions. It had been previously announced the meetings would be held within two days. However, the radical Islamic group Hamas earlier ruled out any new talks with Abbas unless he renounced his statements from a Middle East peace summit with US President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the Jordanian Red Sea resort of Aqaba on Wednesday. Full Story

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