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Palestinian leader intends to disarm militant groups

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas intends to disarm militants, beginning with his own Fatah group's armed wing, a top Abbas aide told an Israeli newspaper.

Although a top Abbas aide Husseini provided no timetable, it was the first indication that Abbas would begin to deal with the issue.

Israel and the United States have long demanded Abbas disarm the militant groups, especially Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as he is obligated to do under the terms of the internationally backed road map peace plan. Until now, Abbas has been reluctant to confront the militant groups, preferring instead to co-opt them.

"The groups within Fatah will be required to disarm and join the security services, or we will have to treat them as if they have violated the law," Husseini said.

"There is no longer an Israeli presence in Gaza, so bearing arms in the streets and the existence of militias are not justified. After January, Hamas will no longer need its weapons either," Husseini added. He was referring to a January parliamentary election, in which Hamas plans to participate.

Abbas plans to begin with the armed wings of Fatah "to show the other groups that the process is serious," the AP qouted Husseini as saying.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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