Monday, April 6, 2009

Palestinian Factions, Meeting in Cairo, Report Resolution of Many Issues in Unity Talks

International Middle East Media Center (reporting from Cairo), April 4, 2009 - Khalid Al Batsh, representative of the Islamic Jihad movement at the Cairo internal talks, stated on Friday that Palestinian negotiators from the different factions managed to resolve 15 out of 18 main points obstructing a unity deal.

Al Batsh stated that the 15 issues were resolved through five committees discussing; the unity government, elections, reconciliation, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and security.

He added that the talks were positive with good intentions being shown by both Hamas and Fateh, and that the movements showed real willingness to end the internal conflict and move towards achieving national reconciliation.

Al Batsh also said that his movement does not accept the need recognize the previously signed peace deals between Israel and the PLO, nor Fateh’s position which demands that Hamas them.

Furthermore, Al Batsh said that the new Israeli government headed by Netanyahu and his coalition partners, especially the extremist Yisrael Beiteinu party, headed by Avigdor Lieberman, is another factor that pushes the Palestinians towards unity....

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