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Hamas official cites progress at Cairo talks
Published Tuesday 20/12/2011 (updated) 21/12/2011 15:49
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A member of the Hamas political bureau said Tuesday that attendees at a meeting to discuss reconciliation postponed the decisive issue of PLO membership until later in the week.

Izzat al-Risheq said “elections dates were discussed and agreed on forming a central elections committee. The committee is formed from one delegate from each party and they will meet tonight”.

Risheq's comments came after eight factions walked out of a meeting meant to represent all parties after being told they could not participate because they were not part of the PLO.

But the Hamas official said discussions were serious and that things are going in the right direction. Mechanisms of implementation will be discussed in the later sessions, he said.

Among the issues in which the parties made progress, he added, were problems with passports and political arrests.

"There is an understanding that it is hard to form a government before the 26th of this month, according to the demand of Fatah and (President Mahmoud) Abbas, and we respect that.

"The whole issue was postponed until after that date," he said.

Fatah and Hamas leaders were meeting with a number of political parties at the Egypt-brokered talks, but multiple factions were forbidden from taking part in talks due to their non-PLO status.

The Popular Resistance Movement, the Popular Resistance Committees, the al-Ahrar Movement, Fatah al-Intifada, as-Saiqa and the Popular Struggle Front were excluded, sources at the talks said.

“The insistence by Fatah to exclude eight Palestinian factions from reconciliation dialogue ... casts doubt upon Fatah’s attitude to reconciliation," a statement from the PRM said.

"Such an attitude only maintains a state of disagreement."

The reconciliation accord aims to unite the parties after Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, a year after winning national elections.
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1 ) Yacoub / "Israel"
20/12/2011 23:53
This meeting was really never "meant to represent all parties", but only the parties, that Hamas and Fatah want represented, which is essentially only themselves, just like every other Arab League government.

2 ) Abdel rahman / Usa
21/12/2011 01:27
Who are these groups? Every one who has a political opinion, he goes and form a group and give it a name. And want to be part of a unity deal. These groups are, in fact, part of the devision, not part of a unity. This is what made us devided. A lot of groups, and a lot of opinions. Good luck palestinians. Victory is coming to you from these groups. What a shame.

3 ) abdel rahman / usa
21/12/2011 01:33
Only PLO reprisents me and the palestinian people in all over the world. This is what the whole world knows and recognized.

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
21/12/2011 18:22
Just ANOTHER pathetic roadblock to Palestinian "unity." All this camel ass gas about forming (yet another ?) elections committee with 1 delegate from each faction but the PLO craps on the others because they aren't standing with the PLO. So the PLO tells them, "You're OUT OF HERE !!!" and away they GO !!! You want to talk about the British Mandate and all its problems ??? ... Each Palestinian faction is running ITS OWN DAMN MANDATE !!! That's IT !!! That' why they CAN'T "UNITE" !!!
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