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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Egyptian peace initiative clarified; accepted by Fatah and Hamas

Egyptian peace initiative clarified; accepted by Fatah and Hamas
Date: 28 / 01 / 2007  Time:  21:02

Gaza - Ma'an - While the Fatah movement has accepted on Sunday the Egyptian
initiative and said they are ready to implement it immediately, the
Palestinian government welcomed it with reservation. The spokesperson of the
government, Ghazi Hamad, said in a press conference in Gaza that the
Egyptian delegation delivered a significant message from Omar Sulaiman
aiming to contain the current crisis. The initiative comprises of 5 points:

- Withdrawal of gunmen from the streets
- Elimination of every form of tension
- Releasing all the abductees
- Removal of all street checkpoints
- Only the Palestinian police to be authorized to investigate the security
cases after the two major parties submit bills of names about those involved
in the last events.

Hamad explained that the Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, was
informed of the initiative and had accepted it. He also updated the Egyptian
delegation on the current development in the Palestinian arena.

Hamad affirmed that the government endeavors to pave the way for halting
tension through adopting practical measures. He said that several parties
should push in that direction in order to uproot the crisis, instead of
dealing with superficial issues only.

The prime minister called for the withdrawal of gunmen from the streets
except for those who are needed; referring to the fact that the national and
the presidential security forces are an obstacle to security if they are not
withdrawn from the streets.

Haniyeh said that the ministry of interior is the only party which has the
authority to impose law and security in order to avoid militarization of the
Palestinian streets. He also called for the handing over all those who are
accused of involvement in the latest violent events to the general

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