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Western Nations to Wait and See on Issue of Aid to Hamas

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and senior European envoys signaled today that there would no immediate suspension of aid for the Palestinian Authority following the victory by Hamas in last week’s Palestinian elections, but they continued to warn that aid could be cut off once a Hamas-led government takes power in coming weeks. In the first high-level diplomatic meeting after the crisis caused by Hamas’s upset electoral triumph, Ms. Rice conferred with Secretary General Kofi Annan of the United Nations and with her European and Russian counterparts to decide what if anything could be done to salvage any chance for an Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. Full Story

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