South Africa offers initiative to end Palestinian split

[ 21/10/2010 – 11:10 AM ]


RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The state of South Africa proposed an initiative to end internal division in Palestine and achieve reconciliation based on the country’s experiences.

Former deputy chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee Alexander Boraine announced the launch of a campaign with Hamas and Fatah to introduce South Africa’s experiences in ending internal conflict.

Boraine said in a press conference held in Ramallah on Wednesday that he recently met with Palestinian leaders from Hamas, Fatah, and independents to convince them to travel to South Africa and listen to experiences of people who suffered persecution, murder, and more, and were thus forced towards reconciliation.

Boraine condemned Israel for denying him entry into the Gaza Strip to meet with Hamas leaders and brief them on the country’s initiative, apologizing to Hamas for not being able to visit Gaza. But he addressed the issue during a meeting in Ramallah with Hamas leaders, whom he declined to name.

Boraine, who led successful local reconciliation efforts in more than six countries, among them Ireland, assured that he received a positive feedback from both the Fatah and Hamas movements concerning the initiative, adding that a series of obstacles, such as security issues, elections, and peace talks with Israel, still stand in the way of Palestinian reconciliation.

In the same context, Boraine stressed that efforts towards Palestinian reconciliation in South Africa will not conflict with but will complement Egyptian mediation.

South Africa offers initiative to end Palestinian split.

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