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Official: Cairo meetings have not met expectations
Published Sunday 10/02/2013 (updated) 13/02/2013 20:10
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Recent reconciliation meetings in Cairo between Palestinian officials have fallen short of expectations, an official said Sunday.

Independent coalition chief Khalil Assaf told Ma'an TV that Palestinian factions have not done enough to fulfill the ambitions of the Palestinian people.

"None of the agreed points have been implemented," Assaf said, adding that unity talks should take place publicly.

Palestinian political parties meeting in Cairo this week failed to reach any concrete outcomes, participants in the summit told Ma'an on Sunday.

Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine chief Nayef Hawatmeh told Ma'an that meetings "ended without achieving any tangible progress."

A member of his politburo Rabah Muhanna was more explicit. "The Cairo meetings did not achieve anything ... they did not set a date for forming the new government nor a date for fresh elections."

"Fatah and Hamas have no real will to end the division," Muhanna said.

Hamas and Fatah split into separate governments in 2007.

In May 2011, a deal was signed to reunite the West Bank and Gaza, but has yet to be implemented.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
10/02/2013 23:29
I have to admit it . I am gloating . This was the easiest prediction to make. Actually it is my sixth. I have predicted six times that when Fatah and Hamas get together for talks that nothing will come out of them. Will you people finally listen to me. Keep the two parties separate. The two are the beginning of a democracy. Have elections in both Gaza and West Bank. Vote for either Fatah or for Hamas. Whoever gets the most votes governs both territories. DUH ! ! !

2 ) Nour / 1 State
11/02/2013 06:54
Palestine national project has been defeated...by Palestinians. No chance for a statelet on 67 borders as most Palestinians are oblivious or apathetic to the fact that their polity is run by self serving thugs and factions. The only solution is the democratic one...expanding the Zionist colonial-settler enterprise to include the indigenous Arab Palestinian population including the refugees. The template is there.

3 ) Outlier / USA
14/02/2013 19:40
2. Template? Not really, because - unlike East and West Germany - Israel and Palestine are hardly homogeneous populations. A Palestinian state will eventually become reality because Israel does not want to become a potentially Arab-majority democracy.
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