Palestinians try to sell unity deal to world leaders
Published February 11, 2007
JERUSALEM - The Palestinians have begun a diplomatic blitz aimed at persuading reticent leaders in the United States and Europe to accept their new power-sharing deal and lift painful economic sanctions, officials said Saturday.
Palestinian representatives already have spoken to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. Next week, they turn their efforts to European leaders, beginning with Germany.
"We are trying to market the agreement and get international support for it," said Nabil Amr, a top aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Western governments and Israel have only given muted reactions to Thursday's agreement between Abbas' Fatah faction and the Islamic militant group Hamas - dashing Palestinian hopes that it would lead to a quick end to the sanctions.
International leaders said they want to study the deal further and see whether it changes the situation on the ground.
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