Abbas Calls for Calm Ahead of Gaza Pullout

(CNN) Palestinian Chairman Abbas told the Palestinian Legislative Council Tuesday, "We want the Israelis to leave [Gaza]....They want to leave - so let us let them leave." According to Abbas, Palestinians are responsible for maintaining security during the transition. "This will be a prerequisite to ensure that the withdrawal will take place in a civilized manner," he said. Abbas called the pullout "only the first withdrawal" and warned Palestinians not to celebrate too much.

2005-08-10 00:00:00

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