Fatah urges Hamas to respond to reconciliation proposal
Published Wednesday 15/01/2014 (updated) 31/01/2014 23:00
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fatah called Wednesday on Hamas to provide a single position and a clear and conclusive answer to the issue of reconciliation.
Fatah said in a statement that it is still awaiting an official response to proposals from Hamas political bureau chief Khalid Meshaal and premier Ismail Haniyeh.
The statement added that Meshaal and Haniyeh requested time to discuss the issue within the movement, and it reiterated that Fatah is prepared to head to Gaza to end the division once an official response is given.
“We hear contradictory statements by a swarm of Hamas spokespeople, but we cannot consider that a real response,” the statement said.
“If Hamas leaders want reconciliation, they should live up to their promises and give an official response to Fatah leadership,” it said. “Otherwise that would be considered closing the door for reconciliation, and desperate attempts to deceive the public and the Arab and international opinion.”
Longtime tensions between Hamas and Fatah boiled over in a week of fighting in 2007 that left the Islamist movement in control of Gaza and effectively divided the Palestinian territories in two.
The two sides have made repeated attempts to heal the rift, including an Egyptian-brokered deal in 2011 in which they agreed to make way for an interim government of independents to organize fresh elections throughout the territories.
The agreement has never been implemented.