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Sinn Fein Leader Adams Urges Dialogue During Visit to Gaza

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8 Apr 09 | Ha’aretz

Northern Ireland political leader Gerry Adams urged Palestinian militants and Israel on Wednesday to stop shooting and negotiate an end to their conflict.

The president of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein toured a neighborhood of the northern Gaza Strip that was bombarded by Israeli forces during a 22-day offensive which ended in mid-January with a shaky ceasefire.

Adams, who for years was the face of Republican opposition to British rule in Northern Ireland and once hunted as a guerrilla suspect, said combatants on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should settle their differences through negotiations.

“What happened here is totally wrong,” Adams told reporters in front of the rubble of a house in the heavily damaged Abed Rabbo quarter of the city of Gaza. >>>

Saudi official calls on Israel to abide by peace commitments

The Saudi foreign minister says negative Israeli statements do not bode well for the Mideast peace process and could take the negotiations back to square one.

Prince Saud al-Faisal also strongly denounced the recent flare-up of violence in Iraq, saying he hopes the Iraqi government can successfully track down the attackers.

Saud spoke at a news conference with Britain’s Foreign Secretary in Riyadh.

The British official, David Milliband, says it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to adhere to the commitments of their predecessors.

He also says it’s important there be maximum unity behind America’s approach to the issue of Iran’s nuclear program.

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8 April 2009 at 2:10 pm

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