Fatah says reconciliation has nothing to do with peace talks

Fatah says reconciliation has nothing to do with peace talks
# 22 April 2014 21:16 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The reconciliation efforts with Islamic Hamas movement has nothing to do with the faltering peace process with Israel, an official in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party said on Tuesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Azzam al-Ahmed, Fatah official in charge of the reconciliation file, told reporters in Ramallah that there is a pressing need for the Palestinian leadership to end the Palestinian division regardless talks with Israel.

Al-Ahmed will arrive in Gaza Tuesday atop a delegation appointed by Abbas to hold discussions in Gaza with Hamas officials over reconciliation.

Hamas took over Gaza in June 2007 after routing forces loyal to Abbas who now rules the West Bank. The Fatah official said the talks will focus on implementing previous reconciliation agreements in Egypt and Qatar.

"We will discuss the possibility to form a technocrat unity government that would be chaired by President Abbas," he said. Al- Ahmed added that they will also discuss setting a date to hold the general elections.

The issue of activating and developing the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and carrying out its missions according to Cairo Declaration in 2005 will also be discussed, al- Ahmed pointed out.

"These are the core issues that will be discussed during the meetings in Gaza. Other minor issues will be discussed and resolved by the future interim government," he said.

Late in March, Abbas decided to send a delegation from Fatah and other parties to meet with Hamas rulers of Gaza over implementing the national reconciliation and holding the general elections.

Since the beginning of the Palestinian rift, Hamas and Fatah movements have reached several deals to form a unity government that prepares for holding new elections.

However, none of these deals were implemented as Hamas insisted that elections cannot be held before controversial issues are resolved.

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