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Saturday Aug. 21, 2010 10:59 AM (EST+7)
Palestinian factions to meet on reconciliation

Read more: Hamas-Fateh relations, Fateh-Hamas relations, reconciliation, Palestinian reconciliation

RAMALLAH, August 21 (JMCC) - Palestinian factions Hamas and Fateh plan to meet Saturday to discuss moving forward on a reconciliation pact.

Sakhr Bsaiso, a Gaza-based member of Fatah's Central Committee, said the representatives would meet in Gaza Strip in order to end the current division and reach a real internal reconciliation.

Bsaiso added in a press statement that the parties agreed to hold the meeting during the visit deposed Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh paid to the mourning tent of Amin Al-Hindi, the former Palestinian intelligence chief, who died in Amman last Tuesday.

Haniyeh urged the Fatah official to accept his initiative since Hamas does not reject Fatah and does not accept what is happening. The relations between us should be based on respect and political partnership.

Haniyeh said that that national conciliation was an urgent matter and a necessity for building a solid foundation for national liberation.  

Feuds and conflicts between Hamas and Fatah on power had been going on for four years since Hamas won the legislative elections in January 2006. The feuds mounted after the Islamic movement seized control of the Gaza Strip by force and routed Abbas' security forces.

In October, Egypt presented a draft of reconciliation to the Palestinian factions. Fatah accepted the reconciliation draft while Hamas refused to sign and said it had some reservations.

Hamas' reservations include the formation of a special committee to oversee parliamentary and presidential elections that were due in January 2010 and the reform of Palestine Liberation Organization. Hamas wants these two issues be handled through a committee representing all the factions and says the Egyptian paper authorized Abbas to form these committees without national understanding.

Read the story at Arab News...






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