Hamas, Fatah revive reconciliation talks

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 25, 2010 07:13

Hamas and Fatach agreed on Friday to take part in the renewal of Egyptian reconciliation efforts between the two groups in a meeting in Damascus, Reuters reported.

"An agreement was reached for a course and steps to be taken toward reconciliation," a said joint statement which was issued after Hamas leader Khaled Meshal met with Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed in Syria.The declaration was read by Meshal's deputy Mussa Abu Marzouk.

The two groups will gather in Syria for a meeting in October in an attempt to mend disagreements over an Egyptian "reconciliation paper," said senior Hamas member Izzat al-Rishq.

"This was a positive meeting," Rishq told the media.

Hamas initially rejected and refused to sign the the Egyptian document in Cairo, saying it was biased towards Fatah. Hamas claimed it could result in Fatah keeping control over the official Palestinian security apparatus.


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