Hamas proposes steps for national reconciliation
Published Thursday 30/01/2014 (updated) 14/02/2014 13:08
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-run government in Gaza has proposed steps to move forward with national reconciliation, the adviser to Gaza's prime minister said Thursday.
Issam al-Daalees said in a news conference that the first important step would be to hold union and university elections in which all Palestinians would participate.
Another step would be to reform all local governments in Gaza, al-Daalees said.
Also at the news conference, he said the government would form committees to solve Gaza's electricity crisis, and form other committees against negotiations with Israel.
The division between Fatah and Hamas 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.