US official meets Palestinian MP

The US has said Salam Fayad is someone they could deal with.

    Barghouti said that without occupation
    there is no need for resistance

    Fayad, an independent, said his meeting with Walles was aimed at bringing to an end the economic boycott that has crippled the Palestinian territories and encouraged inter-faction fighting.
     
    Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, spokeswoman for the US consulate, declined to confirm the meeting took place.
     
    At the same time, Mustafa Barghouti, the minister of information and unity government spokesman, told Al Jazeera that the government was abiding by international law.
     
    The new government has been repeatedly asked to renounce violence, to recognise Israel and to abide by previous peace agreements.
     
    "We are ready to have a complete ending to all violence through the establishment of complete, comprehensive and reciprocal ceasefire with Israel," Barghouti said.
     
    "We don't need resistance if there is no occupation.
     
    "We are the oppressed. We are the people who are occupied. If there should be conditions, they should be put on Israel."
     

    Rice opposes

     

    Resistance is a word that could be key in securing recognition for the new Palestinian government.

     

    Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, has said some forms of resistance are tantamount to "terrorism" and 

    refuses to deal with the new Palestinian government or to lift economic sanctions.

     

    Norway

     

     

    Jonas Gahr Stoere, Norway's foreign minister, said the Palestinian coalition was a "historic event" whose alternative would have been continued violence in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
     
    Stoere told a news conference: "Norway will deal with members of the new Palestinian government as representatives of a broad and representative unity government."

       

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    He said it was "essential that the unity government gains control of the security situation ... and that the rocket attacks on Israeli areas cease".

       

    "We particularly call on Israel to take a constructive approach to the unity government, for example, by releasing withheld Palestinian revenues from taxes and fees and by increasing the freedom of movement for the Palestinian population," he said.

       

    Norway's left-of-centre government has had warm relations with the Palestinians and avoided using the word sanctions or boycott after Hamas gained power, although it placed "restrictions" on aid and other political contacts.

       

    "On the basis of the new government's political platform, Norway expects the Palestinian authorities to respect basic international standards as regards compliance with previously concluded agreements, renunciation of violence and recognition of Israel's right to exist," Stoere said.

       

    Stoere praised efforts by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, to form the new government as well as efforts by Washington in forging ahead with peace efforts.

       

    "We will continue to support president Abbas actively in his efforts to establish an independent Palestinian state free of occupation," Stoere said.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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