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Hamas, Fatah resume talks secretly
Published Monday 06/01/2014 (updated) 12/01/2014 11:08
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Hamas and Fatah have secretly resumed reconciliation talks in an attempt to finalize an agreement, a Fatah spokesman said on Monday.

Ahmad Assaf said in a statement received by Ma'an that Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad, who is in charge of reconciliation talks, spoke on Sunday with his Hamas counterpart Mousa Abu Marzouq.

The two followed up on discussions that began in Doha between al-Ahmad and Hamas chief-in-exile Khalid Mashaal.

Assaf's statement emerged following news reports claiming that Hamas and Fatah have already reached agreement on a unity government. He made it clear that no agreement had yet been reached as of yet, while stressing that efforts are ongoing.

"Our hearts are open and our hands are extended for national unity," he said.

The division between the two Palestinian factions began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been entirely unimplemented.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
06/01/2014 16:23
Stop talking/ wasting time and think about welfare of Palestinian people. Don't they realise that infighting is aiding Israeli govt who are taking advantage.

2 ) Mel / USA
06/01/2014 17:36
"Hearts..open..hands extended.."?Bravo!Don't forget to put your intelligent PALESTINIAN NATIONAL heads on too,instead of those tiny FACTIONAL BOXES that block the senses &peripheral vision! You already have international law &human rights on your side. Show us something united & determined.You have TEN MILLION Palestinians,your homeland,your identity &culture,to UNITE FOR!That's all you need!
"A(national)people united will never be divided"(again)!

3 ) @ Akeenreader-1 / USA
06/01/2014 17:59
Fatah talks Peace With Israel to the USA and the World,
and Fatah talks War With Israel to Hamas, and
* FATAH LIES, to at least one of them.

4 ) Peace / Reconciliation
06/01/2014 18:34
Israel should let Abbas and US know: PA can talk about peace with Israel or can talk to Hamas about reconciliation, but they can not keep those talks at the same time. Palestinians need to decide what they want - peace with Israel or part in Hamas terror activity. They can not have both. and it is a very-very bad sign - secrete talk with Hamas. it is very indicative to the true Palestinian intentions.

5 ) Inhouse / Fighting
06/01/2014 19:00
They act as if they are enemies? Lol

6 ) Dimi / Germany
07/01/2014 10:46
Before reconcialation takes shape Hamasmembers who killed Fatahmembers in 2007 should be brought toi military court .After that Hamas has to agree all the agreements PA signed or is willing to sign. This would be enough for the beginning. Let us see what will happen!!!

7 ) Walls have ears / Surria
07/01/2014 14:33
No longer secret, Hamas and Fatah wish to reconcile. What are their intentions, only the walls know, at least for now.
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