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Hamas, PLO begin 2nd day of reconciliation talks in Gaza
Published Wednesday 23/04/2014 (updated) 26/04/2014 21:55
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A Palestinian woman holds a placard that reads in Arabic "One
homeland that takes everyone" during a demonstration supporting
a new attempt to reconcile Hamas and its PLO rivals on April 22,
2014 in Gaza City.(AFP Mahmud Hams)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A second meeting between Hamas officials and a PLO delegation from the West Bank will take place Wednesday in the home of Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a Fatah spokesman said.

Fayiz Abu Eitah told Ma'an that the meeting would discuss issues that had not been addressed during Tuesday's meeting between Palestinian officials.

A day earlier, a PLO delegation arrived in Gaza for the latest round of reconciliation talks with Hamas.

Early Wednesday, Palestinian officials announced the formation of national unity government within the "next five weeks."

"There has also been progress on the holding of future elections and the composition of the PLO," a Palestinian official said without giving further details.

A member of the delegation told Ma'an that a "road map plan" had been agreed upon during talks on Tuesday.

The plan would form a unity government between Hamas and the PLO and would carry out presidential and parliamentary elections within six months, Bassam al-Salihi said.

It is not the first time that a national unity government has been announced by the rival factions, and on several previous occasions attempts to form an administration have collapsed.

The division between Fatah and Hamas began in 2006, when Hamas won 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.

AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) When Israel makes Peace / with ABBAS
23/04/2014 13:24
they now get HAMAS as PARTNERS FOR PEACE Wonderful Will Hamas stop the ROCKETS THEN?

2 ) Thayer / France
23/04/2014 14:52
So pleased this is happening, Barak Allah. Now they can also try to bring about a resolution to other issues facing Palestine. Hamas has already maintained a fragile ceasefire with Israel for some time. Previously (although this went unacknowledged & unheard) Hamas offered a long term truce. Once on board in partnership, they should have the sincerity to see this through without the need to fire 'harmless projectiles', thus endangering all they have worked to achieve in so far; a free Palestine.

3 ) Paul / USA
24/04/2014 16:01
This a good. However, Hamas needs to stop giving Z-state the opportunity to ruin the advances to peace by Hamas firing rockets. Pals cannot win a war, it is ridiculous to even try. Total absolute silence on the part of any violence is necessary at this time so as not give any provocation to the Z's and let the USA and the world assist this move to peace without Z-excuses this time. Do not feed their fire. Lay low!!!
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