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PLO, Hamas announce agreement to end political division
Published Wednesday 23/04/2014 (updated) 25/04/2014 15:44
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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh announces the details of the agreement
press conference on April 23, 2014. (MaanImages/file)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- PLO and Hamas representatives announced an historic unity deal on Wednesday to bring to an end more than seven years of political division between the main Palestinian political parties.

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced the end of years of Palestinian political division in a press conference in Gaza City, saying that the Hamas and PLO delegations had worked as "one team" throughout the reconciliation dialogue and had stressed the necessity of achieving results in this round of dialogue.

The joint PLO-Hamas statement given at the conference also authorized the Palestinian Authority president to set a date for new elections, and emphasized the commitment of both sides to the reconciliation principles that had been agreed upon in the Cairo Agreement and the Doha Declaration.

They also emphasized the need to reactivate the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad said that neither side will accept the resumption of negotiations with Israel without clear guidelines, and that negotiations had stalled as a result of "Israel intransigence" and "American bias."







Earlier, Palestinian officials announced that they had agreed to form a unity government within five weeks that will be headed by either President Mahmoud Abbas or former Deputy Prime Minister of the 2006 unity government Nasser al-Din al-Shaer, who is a member of Hamas.

The parties also agreed that both Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the occupied West Bank would release prisoners detained for their political affiliation.

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 ) Mutassim / Palestine
23/04/2014 18:07
Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin (الحمد لله ربّ العالمين‎) - 'Praise be to Allah (God) Lord of the worlds'. Alfa mabruk alekum. Such a proud and happy day for Palestine and for our brothers and sisters everywhere, who are supporting us in our struggle. We pray for a brighter future for everyone now, may Allah bring peace to all.

2 ) E / usa
23/04/2014 18:20
The end of palestinian state hopes.. what a dumb move.

3 ) Anwar / Qatar
23/04/2014 18:22
.."Earlier, Palestinian officials announced that they had agreed to form a unity government within five weeks that will be headed by either President Mahmoud Abbas or former Deputy Prime Minister of the 2006 unity gov... Nasser al-Din al-Shaer, who is a member of Hamas..." - They could also try sharing the role jointly, or better still, put Nasser al-Din al-Shaer at the forefront. This would show the world how sincere they are about moving forward & requires the world to recognise the unity gov.

4 ) Julie / USA
23/04/2014 18:58
@2 E: no, it's the end of your hopes that Palestinians will be forever oppressed, tortured, murdered and abused by the criminal brutality of the apartheid zionist izraeli regime.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/04/2014 19:55
Re E #2: 'The end of palestinian state hopes.. what a dumb move.' It's amazing how Zionists get locked into an endless loop of lies. Their ideology -- and its essential falsity -- literally prevents them from making true statements.

6 ) Michael / USA
23/04/2014 21:50
LIVE FREE OR DIE !!!

7 ) Clear / Understanding
23/04/2014 21:51
Do I understand that reconciliation correct: now Abbas and his Fatah faction will renew terror attacks on Israelis in the West bank and Hamas will go begging for money from US and EU in Washington DC and Berlin. Please elaborate.

8 ) True / Face
23/04/2014 21:54
Abbas again shows his true terrorist's face. No needs for more words, just tell us who is your friend. In the case of Abbas and Fatah - the friend is terrorist organizations of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The only remaining question is - can Abbas fly when Hamas operatives push him from the roof top, just like they do to many other Fatah terrorists.

9 ) Leddy / UK
23/04/2014 22:11
This is a marriage of 'inconvenience' born out of fiscal desperation by Fatah & Hamas politicians that are bereft of a plan to normalise the lives of the people that elected them. When both Fatah & Hamas stifle & stymie political voices from within their communities because they don't stick to the strict dogmatic doctrine of Fatah & Hamas respectively, they wittingly lock everyone into the cycle of no peace, no hope, no future...

10 ) jesse / usa
23/04/2014 22:32
So who will negotiate for peace with Israel? I hope that hamas will not only renounce their charter, but will now sit down and talk peace with israel

11 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
23/04/2014 23:32
This news is truly wonderful and an example to all the world of how strong differences can be overcome by dialogue inspired by a concern for the fate of ordinary people yearning for peace.

12 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
24/04/2014 05:43
Gaining national reconciliation is far more important than any negotiation process with Israel. It and the restoration of the Palestinian legislative council (parliament) paves the way for new national elections. This is excellent news. Israel's attempts at divide and rule have fallen flat on their face. Mabrouk, Palestine!

13 ) Rabiah / Gaza, Ps
24/04/2014 13:22
@11 - Carol, what a lovely comment & so true. Of course Zio comments will be posted all over this site now that we have achieved reconciliation & turned a page in history. Hamas already spoke out many times, about their charter, recognition of current Israeli generations & truce, but had their voice stifled by those who sought to avoid peace. Let's hope, that their voice & that of the unity government & the reformed PLO, will be finally heard by those who actually want to see peace for everyone.
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