Zahar: Hamas ready to implement reconciliation deal
Published Friday 15/03/2013 (updated) 17/03/2013 11:36
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar said Friday that the Islamist group is ready to implement the reconciliation deal "word for word."
Al-Zahar made the comments during a Friday sermon in al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.
"We have made efforts to implement a national reconciliation deal that is steadfast and not based on political authority," he said.
Al-Zahar, who represents the more hard-line elements of Hamas, added that US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit will not make any difference to the conflict.
"America and Israel do not want the West Bank and Gaza Strip to be re-united again."
Unity talks have stalled since a series of Cairo meetings in February failed to produce any tangible outcome.
Delegations from Hamas and Fatah were due to meet again in Cairo on Feb. 27 to discuss mechanisms for formatting a unity government, but Hamas' deputy politburo chief Mousa Abu Marzouq requested to delay the meeting to ensure the talks were positive.