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The Government's position remains that if Hamas wish to be treated by the UK and the rest of the international community like other Islamist movements in the region, they must first make credible steps towards the conditions of renouncing violence, recognising Israel and accepting previously signed agreements, in line with the Quartet principles. We are following ongoing discussions on Palestinian reconciliation. If, through the reconciliation process with Fatah, Hamas supports a new unified Palestinian Government which rejects violence and pursues a negotiated peace, that would be a good first step.
We also urge Hamas to continue to respect the ceasefire agreed with Israel on