RAMALLAH, March 9 (JMCC) - The Palestinian Authority
has discussed with European diplomats the possibility of removing Hamas
from international terrorism lists, negotiator Nabil Shaath told reporters in Cairo, according to
the Jerusalem Post
The move would be key for Hamas to join a Palestinian unity government, an idea fielded by prime minister designate Salam Fayyad
in recent days.
“We are seeking to have Hamas removed from the list of terror organizations,” he said. “We want EU countries to recognize a Palestinian unity government that would include Hamas and other factions.”
Sha’ath said that his Fatah faction was keen on ending the dispute with Hamas.
“The current circumstances require us to reorganize our Palestinian home,” he added. “I have announced several times that we have accepted the Egyptian [reconciliation] initiative. We have agreed to a national unity government [with Hamas] that would implement the Egyptian document and prepare for elections.”
Palestinian leaders are facing grassroots pressure to end the factional division between Hamas and Fateh
, which has left Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip
and Fateh dominating the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank
Shaath's comments come after Fateh issued a statement
rejecting Fayyad's proposal for a unity government, however.
While Fayyad sought a unity government based on existing security understandings in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, Fateh prefers a more comprehensive agreement based on talks mediated by Egypt.
Hamas leaders in Damascus have said that the Egyptian talks became defunct along with the presidency of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.