efforts have not failed
Date: 18 / 01 / 2007 Time: 13:15
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Dr. Ziyad Abu 'Amro, an independent member of the
Palestinian Legislative Council and a key mediator between President Mahmoud
Abbas and Hamas' political head, Khalid Mash'al, has denied news reports
that the efforts to establish a national unity government have failed.
From Amman en route to Syria, Abu 'Amro assured Ma'an in a phone call that
the mediation efforts will continue, and that progress has been made. He did
however add that some issues still require further discussion in order to
reach an agreement regarding the formation of a national unity government.
Abu 'Amro also confirmed that President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Khalid
Mash'al during his visit to Syria, starting Saturday. He said that the
president and Mash'al will discuss the remaining unresolved issues regarding
a national unity government.
News agencies had previously reported that the mediation efforts by Ziyad
Abu Amro, and Muhammad Rashid, a former advisor to President Yasser Arafat,
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