Palestinian Radical Groups in Damascus Turn Down Abbas's Call for Truce

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas held talks in Damascus with the leaders of three Palestinian radical groups to discuss the possibility of reaching a cease-fire with Israel. He met separately with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah, and Ahmed Jibril, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. Palestinian sources said the groups rejected Abbas's demand for a temporary truce with Israel ahead of the Jan. 9 election, insisting that they would pursue the fight against Israel.

2004-12-08 00:00:00

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