Fatah and Hamas announced on Tuesday that they have agreed on a timeline of
three months to achieve reconciliation between the two rival parties.
announcement was made in Cairo following discussions between Fatah and Hamas
representatives under the auspices of the Egyptian authorities.
not the first time that the two parties had announced an agreement to end their
differences. Over the past few years, Fatah and Hamas have reached a number of
such agreements that were never implemented.
Talks between the two sides
were abruptly suspended earlier this year due to the wide gap between them. But
the latest agreement says that Hamas and Fatah have agreed to end their
differences within the next three months.
According to the agreement,
Fatah and Hamas representatives will continue to hold discussions until they
reach agreement on the formation of a new Palestinian government and set a date
for elections for the presidency, the Palestinian Legislative Council and the
Palestine National Council (the PLO’s parliament-in-exile).
said that the new government would be headed by Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas, as stipulated in the Doha Accord that was signed between the two
parties last year.
The statement said that Abbas would issue a decree to
form the proposed government and hold new elections within three
Hamas official Musa Abu Marzouk expressed hope that the two sides
would be able to overcome their differences within the next three
He said that the discussions during the coming weeks would focus
on passing a new electoral law for the Palestine National Council and the
Palestinian Legislative Council.
Azzam al-Ahmed, head of the Fatah team
to the talks with Hamas, said that a number of joint committees would hold
meetings in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to overcome remaining
Abbas is scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Mohamed
Morsi in Cairo on Thursday to discuss the new agreement and issues related to
the Middle East peace process.