Dutch MP delegation split over Hamas

A Dutch delegation to the ME of Second Chamber MPs has a conflict over planned talks by some MPs with representatives of Hamas (NL).

Martijn van Dam en Harm Evert Waalkens (PvdA or Labour), Mariko Peters (GroenLinks, i.e. Green Left) and Harry van Bommel (Socialist Party) are going to talk to members of Hamas despite the mandate given to them by parliament, which does not include talking to members of an organisation designated as terrorist.

"You have to talk with everyone to get a completepicture of the Middle East situation. Hamas plays a key role." said van Dam. "Of course we condemn the terror and the coup d'etat in Gaza. We will make that clear."

Second Chamber MP for the Christian Democrats, Karien van Gennip, reacted:"It runs straight across the EU policy and runs counter to the assignment given by parliament to the government."

Joël Voordewind (ChristenUnie): "Apparently this was prepared in advance. The other members were taken by surprise. The Christen Unie does not talk to Hamas".

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