Solana optimistic on Palestinian unity government

October 29, 2006 15:59
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The European Union's top diplomat, Javier Solana, said Sunday he was optimistic Palestinian political factions could soon agree on forming a unity government and meet international demands to recognize Israel as a peace partner. Speaking after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Solana said an agreement could be days away if talks between the Hamas-led Palestinian government and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas go well. "He (Abbas) is working very well on the possiblity of constructing the elements of a government," Solana told reporters. He said he foresaw the Palestinian cabinet to be "a government of experts, a government of professionals." "I hope very much that at the end of a few days we will have news about the possiblity of that initiative," Solana said. Solana, who is on the last leg of a six-day tour of the Mideast to spur peace efforts, met with Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday. Palestinian officials said Abbas would dissolve the Hamas-led government within two weeks if the group does not agree to form a governing coalition with his Fatah Party. Under a proposal being drafted by Abbas, a new Palestinian government would be led by neutral business and other leaders without direct links to either Hamas or Fatah, according to EU officials.

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