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The chief Palestinian negotiator may quit because he does not believe Israel is serious about peace.

An associate of Ahmed Queri, also known as Abu Ala, said Queri will resign if a specific statement of principles is not drawn up for a U.S.-sponsored November peace conference, Israel Radio quoted the London daily Al-Quds al-Arabi.

Israel has indicated that it prefers to come to the table with a general statement.

The London paper also quoted Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad as saying he did not rule out the possibility of negotiation with Israel, but only if he believed there would be a diplomatic agreement.

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