Sweden Says Hamas Must Change To Win EU Backing
The Swedish government warned Thursday that the radical Islamist movement Hamas, which which swept to victory in a Palestinian parliamentary election on Wednesday, would have to change its ways to win cooperation from the European Union.
”Hamas must radically change its policies, otherwise Sweden and the EU will not be able to cooperate with a future Palestinian government in which Hamas will have a dominant position,” Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds told Swedish radio.
”The EU cannot cooperate with a regime which doesn’t distance itself from violence and which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist,” she said.
Hamas is outlawed as a terrorist organisation by the 25 nation European Union.
A senior European Parliament lawmaker, Elmar Brok, warned of a possible cutoff of European Union aid for the Palestinians if Hamas does not change its policies.