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Official says reconciliation top priority following UN bid
Published Wednesday 05/12/2012 (updated) 07/12/2012 11:24
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Political reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is the Palestinian Authority's top priority following the successful UN move to upgrade Palestine's status, a former PA official said Wednesday.

Nasser al-Shaer, former PA official and Hamas member, told Ma'an that President Abbas chaired a meeting with PLO members, Fatah's Central Committee and prominent national figures on Tuesday to discuss implementing political reconciliation.

Steps to further reconciliation efforts will begin in two weeks, al-Shaer said, adding that several committees will be set up to monitor the political and organizational process following the successful UN upgrade to non-member observer status.

The Palestinian leadership will continue working internationally to consolidate the Palestinian state and activate an effective political process to end Israel's 45-year occupation, while continuing to build Palestine's national institutions, the former official said.

Hamas and Fatah fought bitterly after the Islamist group won parliamentary elections in 2006, splitting into separate governments in Gaza and the West Bank a year later.

An Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas has repeatedly stalled, but Israel's eight-day war on the Gaza Strip, which ended on Nov. 21, gave political impetus to ending the division.
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1 ) Julie / USA
05/12/2012 15:05
the more time that passes, the less likely reconciliation will happen...each side will start making petty excuses as before. SO HURRY UP AND UNIFY!!!!

2 ) Amira / Canada
06/12/2012 02:27
instead of talking, just reunite NOW! It should takes only ONE immnediate and urgent meeting to officially create a United Palestinian Government and the details can be worked out. Enough talks!!

3 ) Koby / Aust
13/12/2012 14:00
Unite now as Palestinians, work out the details later as Palestinians for Palestine.
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