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Rice says Hamas must renounce violence

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The US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, has defended Washington’s refusal to deal with the militant Palestinian group Hamas during a visit to Egypt.

“If a new Palestinian government led by Hamas is going to be able to meet the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a better life, it goes without saying that it cannot have one foot ion the camp of terror and the other foot in the camp of politics,” she declared in Cairo.

Egypt is likely to ignore US demands for an economic boycott of Palestinian territories because of the Hamas take-over.