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SUNDAY, JUNE 11,2006 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A11 Palestinian president calls referendum on accepting Israel RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Moderate Presidetft Mahmoud Abbas, defying the Hamas militants who run the government, said Saturday that Palestinians would vote next month on whether to establish a state alongside Israel, effectively recognizing the Jewish nation. , Hamas immediately rejected the notion of the July 26 referendum, which is expected to win a clear majority despite rising anger at Israel and increased infighting between the militants and Abbas' Fatah movement. Hamas fighters battled Abbas loyalists in Gaza and fired rockets and mortars at Israel, ending a 16-month truce after an explosion blamed on Israeli shelling Friday killed eight people and wounded dozens at a seaside family picnic. "We have to rule out the idea of a referendum," Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said. Abbas said the vote could be called off if the sides reach agreement on the document, which was written by prominent Palestinian militants jailed by Israel and calls for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. ODED BALILTY / Associated Press Israeli peace activists, one holding a picture of Palestinian children wounded In an Israeli artillery strike, demonstrate Saturday opposite the Israeli military chief Establishing the state in those lands, Abbas denounced the deaths of the captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast Gaza beachgoers but brushed off War, would be an implicit recognition of Hamas' call to put off the vote due to the Israel. renewed violence. He said accepting the referendum would help the Palestinians achieve their dream of statehood and end a debilitating international aid boycott imposed after Hamas' rise to power. "When we reach an agreement over the prisoners' document, the siege will end," Abbas said. Later, Abbas and Haniyeh met in Gaza along with Hamas Interior Minister Said Siyam. Abbas' spokesman said the president made clear to Haniyeh that the referendum would be held as planned, despite the prime minister's opposition. Haniyeh, repeating Hamas' rejection of the vote, said that he had agreed to meet with Abbas again on Sunday, and that dialogue would continue. Palestinians will be asked to vote "yes" or "no" on the document, which polls show enjoys wide support among Palestinians, partly because of the clout of its authors. Accepting it could give Hamas, which is officially sworn to Israel's destruction, an avenue for moderating its ways. So far the group has not budged from its refusal to recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept past peace accords. Israel and the international community require those steps before they will deal with the group Hamas claimed responsibility Saturday for firing at least 15 rockets and a barrage of mortar shells at Israel — essentially ending its 16-month truce. The army said more than two dozen homemade rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel on Saturday. No casualties were reported. Israel's army chief expressed regret for Friday's civilian deaths, but stopped short of accepting responsibility for the incident. Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz said an investigation was still underway, and it was still not clear what caused the deaths. The investigation had so far ruled out gunboats and an airstrike, but it is still possible Israeli artillery or even a misfired Palestinian rocket caused the deaths, Halutz said. Abbas condemned the killings as a "genocidal crime." Haniyeh called the shelling a "war crime" and called for an end to Hamas-Fatah fighting. Briefs Deadliest three weeks in Afghanistan kill over 500 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The deadliest three weeks of violence since the fall of the Taliban has left more than 500 people dead, the U.S-led coalition said Saturday. The toll included at least 44 deaths last week. Meanwhile, a top Afghan intelligence agent narrowly survived a bomb attack on his convoy that killed three other people near the capital, Kabul. Fighting elsewhere killed six insurgents and three police Saturday, officials said. Much of the recent Taliban fighting is believed funded by the country's $2.8 billion trade hi opium and heroin — about 90 percent of the world's supply. The daily violence has raised fears of a Taliban resurgence almost five years after the Islamic extremists were driven out by a U.S.-led invasion for harboring al-Qaida. A coalition spokesman, Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, said there would be no letup in attacks on militants. G-8 finance ministers say global economy is strong ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Finance ministers from the world's most industrialized nations were upbeat about the global economy Saturday despite global jitters about rising interest rates and tumbling stocks. The G-8 ministers' final statement focused on the dangers of galloping oil prices and "widening" global imbalances. But it did not mention interest rate increases in several countries and recent declines on world markets. And ministers later . brushed aside fears of economic turbulence. "As we look around the global economy today we see no major crises, no major economies in recession, we see strong growth, inflation well-contained, interest rates at the low end of the historic level and rising prosperity," US. Treasury Secretary John Snow said at a news conference. The ministers' statement made no direct reference to the U.S. trade deficit but recognized that tackling global imbalances was a "shared responsibility." Security Council in Darfur finds opposition to U.N. force EL FASHER, Sudan (AP) — Tribal leaders Friday rejected the possibility of U.N. peacekeepers replacing African Union forces in Darfur, with one chief threatening a "holy war" if non- African troops come to the Sudanese region. Then 1 concerns emerged as U.N. Security Council members met with Sudanese government and tribal leaders, relief workers and about 15 representatives of displaced people living in volatile camps surrounding this northern Darfur town. The council steered clear of the camps because of security concerns sparked by opposition to a Darfur peace agreement the government and main rebel group signed May 5. Earlier this week in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, President Omar al-Bashir told the council his government would move ahead with discussions on replacing African Union peacekeepers with a U.N. force, but he refused to give an immediate green light to the plan. 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