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Abbas threatens to resign

Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Chairman Mahmoud ‘Abbas is threatening to resign following the rise of Hamas and the deterioration of the already dwindling peace process.

‘Abbas made this comment on Saturday during an interview with the British television station ITV1.

“We could reach a point where I cannot perform my duty – then I will not continue sitting in this place. If I can do something I will continue, otherwise I won’t,” said ‘Abbas.

‘Abbas added that Hamas must renounce violence and recognize Israel. He said that the immediate priority is to convince Hamas to abide by all previous agreements, including the Oslo Accords and the Road Map for peace.

Regarding the world tour that Hamas leaders began following their win in the January 25 elections, ‘Abbas suggested that it is likely to be influential. “They will listen to many things that will make them think about their political position. I think they are now responsible and, in order to assume responsibilities, their policies have to be compatible with international policies.”