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Abbas wins Arab states' backing
by Al Jazeera (reposted)
Saturday Jun 16th, 2007 8:18 AM
Arab states have thrown their support behind the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, and urged a halt to infighting so that the unity of Palestinian lands can be preserved.
"We are supporting President Abbas and we are supporting the elected legislative assembly," Amr Moussa, Arab League secretary-general, said on Friday.

Arab League foreign ministers gathered for an emergency session in Cairo to discuss how to deal with the Palestinian split after Hamas gained full control of the Gaza Strip.

A statement from the 22 members of the group condemned what it called "the criminal acts recently committed in Gaza".

"We are seeking a national unity in Palestine and we stand against the events that we have witnessed in the last days," Moussa said after the six hour meeting in the Egyptian capital.

He said there must be an "immediate and full halt" to the violence.

'Palestinian cause'

Moussa said that Arab countries want to "serve the Palestinian cause, and not one faction against another".

by IOL (reposted)
Saturday Jun 16th, 2007 8:20 AM
CAIRO — Arab governments gave Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a vote of confidence on Saturday, June 16, and called for a return to the situation before Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip as Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal urged dialogue with Fatah to end the crisis.

"We are supporting President Abbas and we are supporting the elected Legislative Assembly (parliament)," Reuters quoted Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa as telling a news conference in Cairo.

Moussa backed the idea of a new Palestinian government made up of people independent of the factions.

"That would give a chance for understanding in the context of national unity. The emergency government will be an independent one; neither side will join in," he said, referring to rivals Fatah and Hamas.

Hamas imposed itself in Gaza on Friday after six days of battles against Fatah forces.

Despite his mandate effectively being reduced to the West Bank, Abbas tasked former Finance Minister Salam Fayyad as the new prime minister after firing the Hamas-led government and declaring a state of emergency.