European Union foreign ministers called on the Islamic movement in Palestine, Hamas, Monday to recognize the Zionist state and to renounce violence before the West can take up contact with it.I recommend a "period of reflection" for the EU.
The ministers, in a statement issued Monday evening, "underlined that violence and terror are incompatible with democratic processes and urged Hamas and all other factions to renounce violence, to recognize Israel's right to exist, and to disarm."
Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plasnik, whose country holds the current EU Presidency, told journalists that "we continue to make clear to Hamas what our expectations are...a government committed to a peaceful and negotiated conclusion to the conflict with Israel." Plasnik said EU ministers had not discussed a timeframe for Hamas' period of reflection, but EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Walner earlier said it could be as long as three months.
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