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Abbas Urges Donors to Keep Aid Flowing


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has urged international donors to keep aid flowing following last week's election victory by the militant group Hamas.

Mr. Abbas, who is not a member of Hamas, says the Palestinians will stick to their agreements with Israel. He spoke alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel after talks Monday in Ramallah.

Ms. Merkel stressed her previous demand that Hamas renounce violence and accept Israel's right to exist. EU foreign ministers say Hamas must take those two steps to ensure aid is not suspended. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a similar demand Sunday.

In London, members of the so-called Middle East quartet - the U.S., Russia, the EU and the United Nations - are meeting for talks on how to deal with a Hamas-led Palestinian government.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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