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Fatah: 5-week deadline for unity govt still in place
Published Saturday 10/05/2014 (updated) 11/05/2014 09:29
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Fatah spokesman on Saturday said that the PLO-Hamas reconciliation deal was making the necessary progress to be implemented within five weeks of the April 23 agreement as planned.

Fayiz Abu Eita told Ma'an that senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad was set to visit the Gaza Strip "soon" to discuss the formation of the agreed-upon unity government.

Talks on the structure of the unity government are ongoing, Abu Eita said.

"There has been agreement to create a government of nonpartisan technocrats to be selected by President Abbas," he said, but would not provide names of those likely to be selected.

One a separate note, Abu Eita speculated that the upcoming unity government would improve Egypt-Gaza relations.

"Our (Egyptian) brothers are interested in a legitimate body, and they view President Mahmoud Abbas as symbol of Palestinian legitimacy. Thus, the Egyptian government will agree to deal with any entity ... which represents President Abbas who will also be prime minister in the coming unity government."

Abu Eita said this would likely lead to the opening of the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt, which has been perpetually closed with few exceptions following the ouster of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

Various Palestinian factions have said the five-week deadline provided time for the unity deal to collapse under US and Israeli pressure, and have warned against the pitfalls that led to the failure of previous agreements.

On April 23, the Fatah-led PLO and Hamas announced a national unity deal to end seven years of political division between the largest two Palestinian parties, with a national unity government to be set in place within five weeks.

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 unimplemented.
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1 ) Mel / USA
10/05/2014 18:28
The priority thing for all faction members to remember,is that they're ALL equally Occupied by Israel,at varying levels,regardless of"perks"&"treats" handed out by occupiers for 'Good Arab'acceptance of, essentially,Palestine's destruction!When it comes to the integrity of pluralistic/diverse pre-67 Palestine,all sides must sacrifice ego,power,perks & re-establish trust & unity! No more illegal-occupation proxies.Just a UNITED,FREE PALESTINE.No room for greed & ego.Get your nation back,by LAW!

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
10/05/2014 19:18
Palestinians proving that they were not serious about the peace process, and their partner is a recognized terrorist organization that is opposed to peace and freedom. Next thing you know they will start car bombing and suicide bombing again to show that they really mean "resistance" with a return to blowing up civilians on a regular basis. Next step is the ICC so that we can finally get rid of the Fatah Hamas and PIJ leadership. War criminals one and all.

3 ) Mel / USA
10/05/2014 21:19
Cont:Oh & the factions had better not be bitching & twitching about which factional members hold the higher positions in the unity government. No moaning &groaning about who held posts pre-2007's attempted coup by Fatah &Israel's proxy PA? 7 years ago,is NOT now!They may NOT be appropriate for 2014-15?All high posts should go to those who put a FREE Palestine befor ideology,faction&corruption!And that ethos must filter down the chain to grassroots! Waste time on squabbling &all Palestine is GONE

4 ) @ Brian-2 / USA
10/05/2014 23:41
This Zionist is actually hoping they succeed in "unity", since it will clearly "prove that Palestinians are not serious about the peace process", - with (the Hamas) half of the Unity still openly saying that "Jihad is the only way to liberate Palestine", and - the other (PLO) half probably still thinking it ever since 1993, where their Oslo Accord was really more like the ancient Greek's "Trojan Horse".

5 ) @ Mel-3 / Obvious & Probable
10/05/2014 23:54
[a] Obviously "the factions will be bitching & twitching about who holds the higher positions", how the money is spent, etc., and [b] Probably they are both also considering a coup in the other's stronghold, exactly as Hamas came to power from the start, and if the opportunity presents itself ...., and regardless, [c] Any chance of "PALESTINE IS GONE", SINCE united or separate, * THEY WILL NOT take the only route to creating Palestine, and * NEGOTIATE WITH ISRAEL, Unconditionally.

6 ) Gaza tunnel / Gaza
11/05/2014 07:26
This will not last,Hamas will not bend and will walk.

7 ) Tissa / Sri Lanka
11/05/2014 12:24
At last Palestine became stronger with the merger. I congratulate all those who were responsible including my good friend Munib Masri.

8 ) Habibah / Tobago
11/05/2014 23:49
This reconciliation shows what people can achieve when they put aside their differences and work together for their people. Hopefully good things are on the horizon for all. Mabruk to everyone that made this happen.
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