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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Palestinians: Efforts for Palestinian Unity on the Track

Efforts for Unity on the Track
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GAZA, Palestine, January 13,2007 (IPC+ Agencies)  - -Reliable Palestinian sources disclosed that talks are being carried out between the President Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashaal, Hamas politburo in Damascus, far a way of mass media.

The sources told Al Ayam local newspaper that the talks were being mediated by former adviser to Yasser Arafat, Mohammed Rashid and independent Palestinian Parliament member Ziyad abu-Amar who are expected to brief the President Abbas on the results of their talks with Mashaal.

The paper reported that the sources did not disclose where the talks reached but it mentioned that the focus of talks currently is to approve independents to assume three key ministries ; finance, security and foreign affair. Meanwhile the political agenda of the government is likely to be agreed upon without revealing details.

The sources, according to the paper, weighed if an agreement is reached, Prime Minister Isamel Haneyeh is to be reauthorized to form the new government.

Reliable sources expected that had an agreement is reached, President Abbas will meet Khaled Mashaal during his anticipated visit to Damascus by the end of January , denying reports about Abbas visit to Damascus this week.

Palestinian official, on condition of anonymity, told Agence France Presse yesterday that President Abbas has no objection to meet with Hamas's politburo Khaled Mashaal.

The Cairo-based Islamic Jihad leader, Muhammad Al-Hindi, told AFP by telephone that his movement is mediating between rival Palestinian groups. He said that he hopes these efforts will bear fruit. He added that both the Fateh and Hamas movements are keen to reach an agreement regarding a unity government and the role of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Al-Hindi added that over the last three days, he met with Egyptian officials and together they are endeavoring to help the Palestinian people.

On the other hand, Al-Hindi confirmed that he met with a high-ranking Fateh delegation in Cairo, headed by Palestinian Legislative Council member Muhammad Dahlan. He expects the efforts to soon bring about the signing of a national unity agreement in Cairo.

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