Al-Ahmad arrives in Gaza for talks to select unity govt technocrats
Published Tuesday 13/05/2014 (updated) 14/05/2014 19:44
Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad shakes hands with Hamas
leader Mussa Abu Marzuq in Cairo in 2011 (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad arrived in the Gaza Strip late Tuesday for talks with Hamas leaders, a Fatah spokesman said.
Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Atiyeh told Ma'an that al-Ahmad's visit to Gaza is a part of ongoing efforts to implement the April reconciliation deal signed by Hamas and the PLO.
The talks will focus on selecting Palestinian technocrats to lead the unity government, in addition to discussing their individual roles, Abu Atiyeh said.
He said the first task for the unity government to undertake is repairing the damage the Hamas-PLO division caused.
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.