Haniya asks West to restore aid
AlJazeera, February 13 - Ismail Haniya, the Palestinian prime minister, has appealed to the international quartet of
The Quartet, comprised of the
The Quartet insists that for aid to resume, the Palestinian government must recognise
Haniya, who is also a senior Hamas figure, said in a speech in
"I say to the Quartet and to the European Union that this is the will of the Palestinian people, and they should respect it and they should work to end the status of siege."
The unity agreement that Hamas signed with Fatah, led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, in
A subsequent call by Abbas - in a letter to Haniya re-appointing him prime minister - urged Hamas to "abide by the interests of the Palestinian people" and "respect" past agreements and international law.
Earlier on Monday, Israeli officials said that
Such a step would not only increase pressure on Abbas, but also hinder US efforts to revive long-stalled peace talks, beginning with plans by Condoleezza Rice, the
However, Israeli officials said that a suspension of contacts may only be temporary and that a final decision will not be made until the Palestinian unity government is in place, a process that could take a month or longer.
"Gilad Shalit can serve as a test," Olmert said.
Key issues unresolved
In a televised speech on Monday, he said his government will resign in the near future, a formality to allow appointment of the new unity government.
The unity deal also did not settle the fate of Hamas's 5,600-strong Executive Force, which was formed last year over Abbas' objections.
Haniya nevertheless said both sides were committed to implementing the
He said "all Palestinians have won in this agreement", adding that "when President Abu Mazen [Abbas] comes to