GAZA CITY (AFP) - Former US President Jimmy Carter presented a personal initiative to open direct talks between Washington and Hamas during a recent visit to the region, a senior Hamas official said on Saturday. We received a written letter from President Carter that presented a personal initiative aimed at opening dialogue with the Hamas movement, Mushir al-Masri, a senior Hamas leader and parliamentarian, told AFP. Masri, who attended a meeting between Carter and Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya in Gaza City last week, said the group would study the proposal though it would not accept the three conditions of the Mideast Quartet. The Quartet, made up of the United States, the UN, the European Union and Russia, has demanded that Hamas recognise Israel, renounce violence and accept past agreements signed between Israel and the Palestinians. A source close to Hamas who spoke on condition of anonymity said Carters initiative presented an alternative set of conditions that Hamas accept the vision of a two-state solution to the conflict embodied in the 2003 Roadmap agreement, and accept the 2002 Arab League peace initiative. The latter initiative offers full recognition of Israel by every Arab state in return for the Jewish states withdrawal from all lands occupied in the 1967 Six Day war, including the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Carter told Hamas its acceptance of the two conditions would pave the way for the opening of direct talks with the US administration, the source said. Carter insisted during his visit to the region that he had come as a private citizen and did not represent Washington, but the former president is a prominent member of US President Barack Obamas Democratic party.