Abbas' former Gaza security chief joins calls for reconciliation with Hamas

June 15, 2008 16:11

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' former Gaza security boss said he supports reconciliation with the territory's Hamas rulers. However, one year after the violent Islamic group wrested control of Gaza from Abbas loyalists he sees little hope that such efforts will bear fruit. Deposed Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan told The Associated Press he saw no indication that Hamas was willing to give up its hold on Gaza. But he said Abbas' government must make visible efforts to heal the schism between the rivals. Dahlan said Sunday that "there is a necessity to create the chances for national reconciliation." Since Hamas set up its Gaza government, Abbas has refused to negotiate with the group. But last week he called for talks and Hamas welcomed the overture.

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