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Rice arrives in Israel for talks

Published 18/02/2007

US secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice said the emerging Palestinian government has created complications for peace in the Middle East.

Speaking on her arrival in Israel for summit talks, Rice and Israeli Foreign Minister

Tzip Livni yesterday reiterated the need for any Palestinian government to meet the three conditions for international acceptance - recognising Israel, renouncing violence and accepting interim peace deals with Israel.

Israel has criticised last week's power-sharing agreement between moderate Palestinian

President Mahmoud Abbas and the Islamic militant group Hamas for failing to meet the necessary requirements.

"I think that also the moderates on the Palestinian side need to understand

that the path toward a Palestinian state goes through the renunciation of

violence and terrorism and not by compromising with terror," Livni said in an

apparent reference to Abbas.

Rice reiterated that she would not judge the new Palestinian government until

it has been established, but acknowledged that the coalition talks are

overshadowing tomorrow's summit.

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