The Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, has rejected proposals to place international troops in Gaza as part of a ceasefire.
Khaled Meshaal issued a declaration after meeting other senior party figures in the Syrian capital, Damascus. The original idea was mooted by the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, following his talks in Cairo with Egypt’s President, Hosni Mubarak. For Abbas, the Egyptian plan is the only deal on the table if Cairo wont allow foreign forces to police its border with Gaza to prevent arms smuggling. “Right now the Egyptian suggestion is the only one whose stipulations are clear and defined. This means the parties should accept it and end their violence,” he said. Hamas has sent its own representatives to Cairo to discuss the ideas put forward by Egypt but it has repeated its refusal to accept the conditions for a ceasefire put forward in the UN Security Council’s resolution.