Zahar: Deal close on prisoners plan

PA FM expects factions to sign within days "or even hours." [video]

hamas rally 298 88 ap (photo credit: AP)
hamas rally 298 88 ap
(photo credit: AP)
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar said Sunday morning that he expected the various Palestinian factions to reach an agreement on the prisoners' document within "days, or even hours." Earlier, PLC Speaker Abdl Aziz Dweik had said that Fatah and Hamas would sign an agreement off on the prisoner's document within two days. Sources close to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called the differences between the two groups were technical and not fundamental. [For a Jerusalem Online video of events click here] The two organizations were said to be close to reaching an agreement Saturday on the "Prisoner's document," according a report by the Arab weekly published in London Al Hiat. According to the report, Hamas was willing to accept the document barring a few minor changes. Sources within the Hamas government said that it would be willing to change make changes within its leadership if it would cause the easing of economic restrictions on the Palestinian Authority. A senior Hamas official within the PA said that if the economic restrictions were not lifted within two months, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh would resign and a technocratic government would be formed. Meanwhile, Abbas was meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the two were discussing, among other things, Olmert's "realignment" plan.