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'Palestinian reconciliation an internal matter'

world Updated: Feb 07, 2012 11:56 IST

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The United States has said that a deal between Fatah and Islamist militant group Hamas brokered by Qatar is an internal matter of Palestine.

"As we've said many times, questions of Palestinian reconciliation are an internal matter for Palestinians," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters.

"What matters to us are the principles that guide a Palestinian government going forward, in order for them to be able to play a constructive role for peace and building an independent state," she said response to a question on the deal between Fatah and Hamas.

"Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence. It must recognize the state of Israel. It must accept the previous agreements and obligations between the parties, including the road map. So those are our expectations," Nuland said.

As such the US is continuing to engage with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his government.

The US, she said, is not going to give a grade to this thing until they have a chance to talk to Palestinian Authority leaders about the implications.

"Our red lines remain the same in terms of what we expect of any Palestinian government," the spokesperson said.

Nuland said the US wants to talk to the Palestinian Authority about what this might mean.

"As you know, we have been working hard to continue to send the message to the parties that we think that the work that they did a couple of weeks ago in Amman was useful, was a good start. We want to see them come back to the table," she said.

"But again, we have to evaluate the implications of this, both inside the Palestinian Authority and with regard to this process," the State Department official said.