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Hamas refuses to surrender its weapons

Dec. 20, 2004 at 5:24 PM

GAZA, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Hamas leader Monday rejected PLO Chairman Abu Mazen's call for Hamas to lay down its weapons to help facilitate the resumption of peace talks with Israel.

Mahmoud Al Zahar, a senior Hamas leader, rejected the request, saying Hamas was "ready to cooperate in collecting illegal arms that lead to crimes against our people. But concerning our arms, Abu Mazen told us that the PA would deal with it through dialogue."

He said Hamas "will never drop our guns until the end of the occupation and until we will have secure borders for a Palestinian homeland."

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