Hamas critical of Fatah as Cairo unity talks announced

February 2, 2012 17:57


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Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri blamed Fatah on Thursday for stalling the formation of a unified Palestinian government, Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported, a day after sources closes to both movements announced a Cairo meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal next week.

Zuhri blamed Fatah for avoiding high-level meetings that would allow the implementation of the reconciliation deal that was signed between the two parties in Cairo last May. Fatah's deliberate policy of avoiding contact with Hamas leaders indicates the movement's lack of resolve vis a vis implementing the reconciliation agreement, Zuhri said.

Meanwhile, Fatah officials said Wednesday that Abbas and Mashaal would meet for the fourth time in Cairo to discuss ways of overcoming the obstacles hampering the creation of a unity government.

The two parties have yet to agree on the make-up of the proposed unity government and other issues related to security and elections.

Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report

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