Fatah awaiting Hamas' response to reconciliation proposal
Published Monday 24/02/2014 (updated) 26/02/2014 12:41
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fatah is still waiting on an answer from Hamas regarding a recent proposal for national reconciliation, a Fatah spokesman said in a statement Monday.
Ahmad Assaf said that Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has requested more time to respond to the proposal.
"We still await a response from Hamas leadership," Assaf said.
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad discussed the latest reconciliation proposal with Haniyeh in a recent telephone call, he added.
Additionally, Assaf dismissed recent comments by Gaza Deputy Prime Minister Ziad al-Zaza saying that Hamas was waiting to hear from Fatah about reconciliation details such as security forces, arms, and employees.
"These statements mean that al-Zaza is unaware of the communications between Fatah and Hamas, and that no one in the Hamas leadership informs him of what is happening."
He said al-Zaza's statements were aimed at spoiling negotiations, and "return us to square one."
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 Gaza 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.