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Fatah: Hamas yet to reply to reconciliation proposal
Published Wednesday 29/01/2014 (updated) 30/01/2014 13:30
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Fatah spokesman on Tuesday said that Hamas did not reply to Fatah’s recent proposal on a reconciliation agreement.

The head of Fatah's reconciliation team Azzam al-Ahmad said earlier this month that he would visit the Gaza Strip and meet with Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

However, spokesman Hassan Ahmad told Ma’an that “al-Ahmad’s visit to Gaza is linked to Hamas’ approval to hold elections and form a unity government. But Hamas has yet to reply to the proposal given by al-Ahmad to Haniyeh in the latest phone call.”

But Ahmad said that the Gaza government allowing 120 Fatah members back into the Gaza Strip was a positive move.

“There are no precise statistics on the number of Fatah members who left after the division in 2007,” he said.

Ahmad added that despite the positivity of Haniyeh’s gesture, the shortest way to achieve reconciliation remains implementing the reached agreements.

Haniyeh said Monday that 120 Fatah members would be allowed to return to Gaza in order to push reconciliation forward.

He told the al-Kitab satellite channel that the reconciliation file will move forward as long as leaders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are willing to end the division.

“We need arrangements for reconciliation to be genuine, and we will not hold back in achieving it,” Haniyeh said, citing his government’s recent gestures as an evidence of that.

He added that it was important to hold student union and local government elections for a transitional period, saying that there were “community and political reconciliations” that must occur to form a government.
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