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Official: Cairo will invite factions for reconciliation talks
Published Saturday 24/11/2012 (updated) 28/11/2012 14:13
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Egypt will invite Palestinian factions to Cairo to resume reconciliation talks after Palestine's bid for a UN status upgrade this week, a political official said Saturday.

Khalil Assaf, who heads the coalition of independents in the West Bank and also chairs the public freedoms committee established under the reconciliation deal, said he expects Egypt's invitation in the coming days.

All Palestinian leaders will then convene in Cairo to discuss their next steps after President Mahmoud Abbas returns from the UN bid, due for a vote at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Assaf said.

All the principles of reconciliation have been agreed and now the leaders need to get on with implementing them, he told Ma'an.

An Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas has repeatedly stalled, after the parties violently split Palestine into separate governments in 2007.

Assaf blamed the failure of the agreement on a lack of political will.

But he noted that circumstances had now changed. Israel's eight-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip united Palestinians, and Palestinians are now calling for unity in their political factions in rallies in the West Bank and Gaza, he said.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
24/11/2012 23:23
There is NOTHING TO RECONCILE, since both are equally determined, to continue fighting, no matter how futile, in the only way they can: 1- The PLO with UN Bids for statehood, and 2- The Hamas with Rockets & Terror attacks !!

2 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
26/11/2012 01:13
GOOD !!! I actually hope everyone DOES go to Cairo. While I sincerely believe Palestinian "unity" is a farce, I also believe whatever influence Egypt exerts to bring them together will have a corollary effect in boosting the chances the ceasefire will hold. If the Palestinians (west of the Jordan River), by some miracle, ever do get united, the next, final step is to get them united with the Palestinians EAST of it.
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