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Fatah, Hamas to hold more unity talks
Published Sunday 09/02/2014 (updated) 11/02/2014 11:10
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas and Fatah will hold meetings to discuss the implementation of a national reconciliation agreement on Sunday evening and Monday morning, members of both movements told Ma'an.

Fatah official Nabil Shaath and Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya said they considered reconciliation a top priority, and that an earlier meeting between a Fatah delegation and Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was a success.

"We realize that the road to freedom and independence is still a long one and needs a lot of work, and the first step is Palestinian unity," Shaath said.

"There cannot be a state without Gaza," he said.

Shaath also praised Hamas' recent decision to allow Fatah lawmakers to return to Gaza.

Al-Hayya echoed Shaath's statements.

"We at Hamas want to be united with Fatah and not interfere in Fatah internal issues," he said.

Al-Hayya said Hamas had sent a letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, saying "that we support him in his position of protecting our principles."

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 ) Tibi / Tubas
09/02/2014 22:54
One has nothing to do with the other, though unity (if it ever happened) would make Palestinian statehood even less likely, but though Fatah may hold more talks with Hamas, but there will be No Unity, just as Fatah may hold more talks with the state of Israel, but still: -a- There Will Never Be A Comprehensive Peace Agreement, so -b- There Will Never Be A Palestinian Ever Created either, so -c- Arab & World leaders should start pushing the next best option !!!

2 ) Mel / USA
10/02/2014 16:35
Palestine's ONLY great strength is UNITY,SOLIDARITY as Palestinains above all factional differences. Unite and march together to the ICC/ICJ,UNGA.Take your case straight to INTERNATIONAL LAW COURTS! No negotiations with your OPPRESSORS who just want you all subjugated in Bantustans,or worse still EXPELLED or DEAD,&Palestine GONE! UNITE! Take it to INTERNATIONAL LAW! Do not pass (D.C)"Go",or Palestine is gone! Unite or stay divided,with NOTHING!

3 ) @ Mel-2 / USA too
11/02/2014 05:56
- Palestine has NO "great strength", and Neither does "the ICC/ICJ and UNGA, so - "Palestine is gone, Unite or divided", without a Peace/Statehood Agreement, with the state of Israel, and such an agreement will only be achieved by Palestinian Compromises !!

4 ) Outlier / USA
11/02/2014 20:42
Talk is cheap.
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