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Al-Ahmad: Fatah, Hamas, Egypt to form committee
Published Monday 21/01/2013 (updated) 22/01/2013 17:03
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas and Fatah will form a tripartite committee with Egypt to implement national reconciliation, a Fatah leader said Monday.

Azzam al-Ahmad told Voice of Palestine radio that he will represent Fatah in the committee and Musa Abu Marzouq will represent Hamas.

An Egyptian delegation will visit the West Bank and Gaza to follow up on reconciliation, al-Ahmad said, adding that no date had been set for the trip.

The visit may be considered after a PLO leadership meeting on Feb. 9, the Fatah leader said, stressing that Egypt was closely monitoring the application of agreements between his party and Hamas.

Fatah and Hamas leaders have held unity talks in Cairo in January, agreeing to implement a reconciliation agreement signed in the Egyptian capital in May 2011.

Under the Egypt-brokered deal, Hamas and Fatah agreed to form a unity government of technocrats and independents to oversee national elections, which have been on hold since the parties split into separate governments in 2007.

Al-Ahmad rejected Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayya's assertion that the unity government must be approved by the Palestinian Legislative Council.

The unity government must take an oath in front of President Mahmoud Abbas, and so will not need approval from the PLC, al-Ahmad said.

One month after the new government's formation, the PLC will have the right to approve or reject it, he added.

It will govern for six months, during which time elections will be held, al-Ahmad said.
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1 ) Jane / Pa
21/01/2013 21:12
Nothing as usually. Empty talk in oredr to stay in power.

2 ) MEL / USA
21/01/2013 21:28
Bravo! NATIONAL UNITY &SOLIDARITY is imperative to Palestinian sovereignty &identity! It doesn't matter what you call a faction,party,government,who is in it,or what ideology/agenda they seek. As LONG as their PRIMARY loyalty,thoughts,& focus is on the PALESTINIAN PEOPLE,NATION,IDENTITY,DIGNITY &RIGHTS,as a whole broad,all-emcompassing,unit! That's the COMMON GOOD! PALESTINE! Do it!

3 ) Nour / One-State
22/01/2013 10:35
Ah!! "Committee"...Another technical term to deceive unsuspecting and naive Palestinians. This is the 500th committee formed for the same purpose. Nothing will come of this. The parties are inherently thuggish groups vying for virtual power, in the name of Palestinian statehood and cause. Nothing less, nothing more.

4 ) Around / World
22/01/2013 14:35
Very good news - another committee is formed, thanks God.

5 ) Tony / USA
23/01/2013 01:38
Very good news. I hope both Fatah and Hamas will unite each other in order to form a government that is both representative and inclusive of all Palestinians. What happened in 2007 is "history" to be "forgotten" and never to "return again". Israel and Iran have their goals to divide the Palestinian people back in 2007 (Israel funded Abbas to sideline Hamas and Iran funded Hamas to sideline Abbas), but now their efforts have failed.
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