RAMALLAH, Oct. 5 (JMCC)- The two largest Palestinian political parties, Fateh
, will continue reconciliation talks in Syria on October 20th, according to a senior Hamas official on Tuesday.
The two main Palestinian factions broke in June 2007 after open conflict
erupted in the Gaza Strip
, leaving over 100 people dead.
Efforts to bridge the divide between the two parties have so far proved unsuccessful. The latest round of talks was said to have been a measure of success, according to one Hamas official, prompting the sides to seek further chances in Damascus later this month.
He said the discussions would be aimed at forming a joint security committee as part of a process of reconciling the two movements.Read
The Islamist Hamas movement that controls Gaza and the secular Fatah movement led by Western-backed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas held talks last month in Damascus, where Hamas's exiled leadership is based.
The two movements struggled for months to reach a unity agreement through Egyptian mediation but those efforts came to a halt in October 2009 when Hamas refused to sign an agreement endorsed by Egypt and Fatah.
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