Hamas ready for Palestinian reconciliation: Hamas PM

Hamas ready for Palestinian reconciliation: Hamas PM
# 18 January 2013 19:54 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haneya said Friday that his movement is ready to achieve the internal Palestinian reconciliation soon, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Haneya told reporters following the end of the weekly Friday prayers at one of Gaza's mosques that he welcomed the agreement reached in Cairo on Thursday between his movement and President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party.

"We are ready for paying the reconciliation merits and dues," Haneya told reporters, adding that the agreement reached in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah leaders on Thursday "is auspicious."

On Thursday, Egypt as well as Hamas and Fatah leaders announced that understandings were reached to start immediately implementing their previous agreements they had reached in Cairo and Qatar last year.

"There are serious and goodwill intentions to establish a new era in the Palestinian history by ending the internal division and achieving the reconciliation," said Haneya.

According to the agreement, the two rivals will start the implementation of all what they had previously agreed upon starting from Thursday. They gave an ultimatum for the implementation, which is until Jan. 30.

They agreed to form a transitional unity government within the next week that includes independent figures, and to activate the Central Elections Commission (CEC) in the Gaza Strip and to register around 400,000 Palestinian voters there.

Activating the CEC and forming a transitional unity government for Gaza and the West Bank will pave the way for holding the general presidential and legislative elections which have not been held since 2005.