PA chief negotiator: No one asked Hamas to recognize Israel or abandon terror
Official Palestinian Authority TV - Aug. 19, 2009

 
Saeb Erekat, member of Fatah Central Committee, PA chief negotiator:
     "No one asked the Hamas movement to recognize Israel, or to abandon the resistance [terror], or to abandon their code of behavior. We said to them: The functioning of the government is one matter, while the functioning of the [Hamas] party is a different matter, and political activity yet another. The demand to be committed to the idea of two states, to agreements and to UN resolutions is made of the [possible Fatah-Hamas] government, not of Hamas."