Palestinians skeptical over Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal

May 21, 2012 19:14

Palestinians on Monday reacted with skepticism to news about a new "reconciliation" agreement between Fatah and Hamas - the latest in a series of unsuccessful deals that were reached between the two rival parties in the past few years.

The new agreement, which was announced in Cairo on Sunday, calls for the implementation of the Doha Accord, which was signed between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal earlier this year.

The Doha Accord envisages the formation of a Palestinian "national unity government" and holding new presidential and parliamentary elections in the Palestinian territories.

Azzam al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official who signed Sunday's agreement on behalf of his faction, said the two sides agreed to start implementing the Doha Accord instantly.

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