Wednesday, January 7, 2009

We welcome the Franco-Egyptian initiative

Ahmed Yousef is deputy to the ministry of foreign affairs in the Hamas government of Gaza, based in Rafah, Gaza. He has also acted as a political adviser to the former Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh

In recent days, we have witnessed a lot of global activity at the political level, aimed at bringing about a ceasefire but none of the major players has attempted to enter Gaza to access the situation. Nevertheless, Hamas welcomes the Egyptian-French initiative. We recognise that it contains many positive elements, but also elements that need more careful consideration. We want an immediate ceasefire agreement to end the suffering caused by the present violence and the economic blockade. To achieve this, we need an honest broker who will guarantee that Israel will respect the terms of the agreement.

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