Hamas and Fatah wrap up ‘positive’ reconciliation talks

Hamas and Fatah agreed to work together for the release of political prisoners and solve the issue of providing passports to Gaza residents as they wrapped up talks aimed at implementing their May reconciliation deal in Cairo on Sunday.

AFP – Rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas ended talks in Egypt on Sunday aimed at implementing a reconciliation deal struck in May, with an agreement to release political prisoners and passports for Gaza residents, a spokesman said.

The discussions were “positive,” and both parties agreed to meet again in early September in Cairo, according to Egypt’s MENA news agency.

The meeting ended with both sides also agreeing to work for the release of political prisoners of both movements in Gaza and the West Bank, and solve the issue of passports for Gaza residents by the end of Ramadan, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zahri said in Gaza.

The agreement “is important because it is a reassuring message to the Palestinian people, and it reflects the seriousness of both parties in implementing it,” he added.

A committee would also be formed to “ensure the opening of closed institutions in both the West Bank and Gaza,” Zahri said.

The two sides held consultations late on Saturday in the presence of Egyptian intelligence officials, MENA said, adding that Fatah’s delegation was led by Azzam al-Ahmed and Hamas by Musa Abu Marzuq.

Before the talks, Fatah official Sakhr Bssisso said they would focus on “mechanisms of implementing the reconciliation deal” in all its aspects, including forming a new government, one of the main hurdles delaying the deal.

Zahri told AFP on Saturday that his group was “serious in wanting to implement the agreement as soon as possible.”

But he added that there were some hurdles, namely Fatah’s insistence on keeping Salam Fayyad as prime minister.

Meanwhile, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas reiterated his call for a government of independents, following talks in Amman with Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

“We have said more than once the Palestinian government that we want to form is not a national unity or coalition government,” Abbas was quoted as saying by Jordan’s state-run news agency Petra.

“We seek a government of independents, transitional government,” said Abbas, who discussed Palestinian reconciliation with the king, the agency said.

In early May, Fatah and Hamas signed a unity deal in Cairo and have met twice since to discuss the formation of an interim government.

However follow-up talks between Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal have been put on hold.

The talks reportedly stalled over disagreement about which side should get the post of prime minister. Abbas and his Fatah movement want to keep Fayyad on as premier, despite strong objections from Hamas.

Fatah has officially announced its support for Fayyad as prime minister of a government composed of independents, which must organise elections by May 2012, but Hamas has rejected his candidacy, saying it wants somebody from Gaza.

(www.france24.com / 07.08.2011)

2 thoughts on “Hamas and Fatah wrap up ‘positive’ reconciliation talks

  1. When the news of an agreement between Fatah and Hamas surfaced back in May, I, as a Palestinian observer writer and commentator on Arab and Palestinian issues gave the thumbs up. Cautiously. Weeks went by.
    No progress. I then wrote’ lets wait and see’. We are still waiting and still to see. Then one morning I read an article on Aljazeera/English about the existence of a blacklist in Ramallah with 30,000 names of Palestinians who have been denied a Passport by the PA. Needless to say, I hit the roof. After a period of contemplation and calm I wrote ‘Passport to Shame’.See the link:
    http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleNO=12549

    Now the boys of Fatah and Hamas, in their infinite wisdom, fancied yet another freebie in Cairo. After a few days of gaiety at the expense of the Palestinian refugees they came up with a mildly interesting and encouraging announcement. I say mildly because the devil is in the detail, as they say. Those details we are not privy to, nor are we likely to be. The telling sign though is ‘the big stumbling block to a final agreement is who gets the job of Prime Minister’. Fatah wants Mr. Fayyad and Hamas wants someone from Gaza.

    There you have it. Horse-trading at its most basic. Their primary concern is not in reconciliation and unity. They are not concerned with the plight of the Palestinians. They are not busily trying to regain the lost and stolen land of Palestine. They are too busy consolidating their positions and ensuring their personal status and gain.

    We, the Palestinian nation have been waiting for a very long time for somebody to carry the banner on our behalf. Looking at these two parties I am afraid we have a very, very, very long time to wait.

  2. When the news of an agreement between Fatah and Hamas surfaced back in May, I, as a Palestinian observer writer and commentator on Arab and Palestinian issues gave the thumbs up. Cautiously. Weeks went by.
    No progress. I then wrote’ lets wait and see’. We are still waiting and still to see. Then one morning I read an article on Aljazeera/English about the existence of a blacklist in Ramallah with 30,000 names of Palestinians who have been denied a Passport by the PA. Needless to say, I hit the roof. After a period of contemplation and calm I wrote ‘Passport to Shame’.See the link:
    http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleNO=12549
    Now the boys of Fatah and Hamas, in their infinite wisdom, fancied yet another freebie in Cairo. After a few days of gaiety at the expense of the Palestinian refugees they came up with a mildly interesting and encouraging announcement. I say mildly because the devil is in the detail, as they say. Those details we are not privy to, nor are we likely to be. The telling sign though is ‘the big stumbling block to a final agreement is who gets the job of Prime Minister’. Fatah wants Mr. Fayyad and Hamas wants someone from Gaza.
    There you have it. Horse-trading at its most basic. Their primary concern is not in reconciliation and unity. They are not concerned with the plight of the Palestinians. They are not busily trying to regain the lost and stolen land of Palestine. They are too busy consolidating their positions and ensuring their personal status and gain.
    We, the Palestinian nation have been waiting for a very long time for somebody to carry the banner on our behalf. Looking at these two parties I am afraid we have a very, very, very long time to wait.

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