Hamas, Fatah agree to implement unity agreements
Representatives of two factions set end of January as target to form a Palestinian unity government.
PA chief Abbas and Hamas leader Mashaal in Cairo Photo: Reuters
Hamas and Fatah agreed Thursday to implement, by the end of this month, previous
reconciliation agreements signed between the two parties.
agreement was reached during talks between representatives of the two sides in
Azzam al-Ahmed, head of the Fatah delegation to the talks,
announced that the two parties agreed, among other things, to launch
consultations over the formation of a Palestinian unity government, with the
hope of reaching agreement within the next two weeks.
The most recent
reconciliation agreement, which was signed in Doha, Qatar, envisages the
establishment of a unity government headed by Palestinian Authority President
Hamas and Fatah also agreed that the Palestinian Central
Elections Commission would resume the registration of voters in the Gaza Strip –
a process that had been halted by Hamas several months ago. Hamas accused the
commission of being biased in favor of Fatah.
The commission is expected
to resume its work in the Gaza Strip before the end of the month, Ahmed
The two parties also agreed to resume the work of joint committees
entrusted with discussing the release of prisoners from both sides and ending
mutual attacks in the media, he added.
The Egyptians will head a
committee consisting of Hamas and Fatah representatives and whose task will be
to ensure the implementation of the new-old agreements.
head of the Hamas delegation, said the Cairo talks were held in a “positive”
Abdullah Abdullah, a top Fatah official in the West Bank,
welcomed the latest agreement, saying his faction was prepared to implement it
immediately in order to achieve national unity.