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Unity meeting between Hamas, Fatah ends 'positively'
Published Wednesday 14/05/2014 (updated) 16/05/2014 00:53
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas and Fatah officials held a three-hour meeting in Gaza on Wednesday in what officials described as a "positive" atmosphere.

Head of Fatah's negotiation team Azzam al-Ahmad said after the meeting that talks will continue and officials will abide by a five-week deadline to form a unity government.

Mousa Abu Marzouq, head of the Hamas negotiating team, said the talks would be finalized next week and a unity government would be announced shortly afterwards.

The proposed candidates for the unity government are politically "impartial," Fatah official Fayez Abu Atiyeh told Ma'an, with Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri adding that the formation of a proposed unity cabinet is nearly complete.

Earlier, Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said that he believed the unity government would achieve its goals and "our mission is to make it succeed and to mobilize our people behind its national goals."

"We will clean the road to reconciliation from all obstacles and landmines, and I hereby call on our brothers in the West Bank to take the same path and to maintain freedoms," he said, while addressing Gaza members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

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 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 ) Arab technocrats were / always
14/05/2014 18:59
very friendly question is still-- will those technocrats conduct peace talkes with Israel?

2 ) Tristian Aleron / Scotland
14/05/2014 21:56
So happy to see progression of the unity government going so well, such a plus point for the Palestinian cause. The technocrats once in place should be able to conduct any peace talks themselves, however it depends whether the Palestinians actually want this or the PLO (as a separate body) to negotiate. If the PLO, then Hamas membership would be a bonus. Either option ok. My understanding is unity gov will have national aims & objectives, including "liberation" (in positive sense) of Palestine.

3 ) Wardah / Oman
14/05/2014 22:14
Once the new unity government holds the reigns, there will be no stopping them. As the Palestinians confidence in the unity deal grows, I am sure they will all be wanting to implement a strategy that ensures Palestine becomes part of the world map (Hamas included). They have yet to realise their potential for making history in a good way. Once they realise they have the opportunity to do something great, they should put all their efforts into it & decide how they want to do it.

4 ) Rebecca Watson / Canada
15/05/2014 13:33
Interesting speculation about role of the interim government. I read that Azzam Al Ahmed said because of Oslo (unless dead) interim government can't get involved in all issues. If so, for the sake of peace, I'd consider formation of an independent (interim) negotiating team, which could either be under the banner of the PLO as an 'emergency measure' or be totally independent for Palestine & be accountable to President A & Vice President H. It should be capable of taking in views of all factions.

5 ) Take It or Leave It / Choice
18/05/2014 21:19
1- If "a new Palestinian consensus government" does Not renew talks with the State of Israel, and then make the required compromises on borders (Not 1967), capitals (Not E. Jerusalem), and refugees (Not returning), 2- Then a "new Palestinian" State will Not be created, and 3- Talks can only be renewed unconditionally, without any Palestinian "settlement" or border demands, and 4- The Option to "Take It (above) Or Leave It" (statehood) will forever remain The Only Palestinian Choice !!!!
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