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President's office slams Ahmadinejad remarks

Sept. 5, 2010 9:32 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2010 1:16 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman lashed out at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday for criticizing the return to direct talks with Israel, the official Palestinian Authority news agency reported Sunday.

Nabil Abu Rudaineh said that "The one who does not represent the Iranian people, who falsified election results, who oppressed the Iranian people and stole authority has no right to speak about Palestine, its president or its representatives," the news site WAFA reported, quoting a statement issued by the spokesman.

On Friday, as Abbas attended re-launched peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Washington summit, Ahmadinejad said negotiations were "doomed to fail." He said Abbas lacked the legitimacy to "make concessions" on behalf of the Palestinian people and accused him of being a hostage of Israel.

In response, Abbas' spokesman said "President Mahmoud Abbas came to power through free, democratic and authentic elections supervised by more than 2,000 international and Arab monitors."

"We are the ones who fought for Palestine and Jerusalem ... the Palestinian leadership did not oppress its people as did the Iranian leadership under Ahmadinejad," Abu Rudaineh said.

The PA and Abbas have come under criticism, largely from Islamic and leftist opposition parties, for failing to hold general elections in January 2010. Opponents say Abbas no longer has the legal mandate to re-enter negotiations, which broke off in December 2008 in the wake of Operation Cast Lead.

However, the PA has maintained that elections were stalled until a unity deal could be ratified with Hamas, which took control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

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