Details on last talks between Hamas, Fatah in Damascus disclosed

[ 14/11/2010 – 09:55 AM ]


DAMASCUS, (PIC)– An informed source told the Palestinian information center (PIC) some details about what happened in the last reconciliation meeting on Wednesday between Hamas and Fatah delegations in Damascus, which resulted in nothing because of Fatah’s intransigent attitude towards the security file.

The source said that head of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mishaal met on Friday with head of Fatah delegation Azzam Al-Ahmed and discussed with him what happened in the second round of the reconciliation meeting.

The source denied that Mishaal handed during this meeting Hamas’s remarks on the security file as Al-Ahmed claimed later, adding that these remarks were Hamas’s response to the changes which director of Fatah’s intelligence Majed Faraj tried to add to Egypt’s reconciliation paper during the last meeting between the delegations.

He stated that Faraj refused the formation of the higher security commission according to a national consensus and insisted it is formed by de facto president Mahmoud Abbas, although Fatah agreed in its meeting with Hamas officials on September 24 to involve all Palestinian factions in its formation.

The source also said that Fatah’s intelligence director surprisingly identified the reform of the security apparatuses as the rebuilding of the security headquarters which were demolished in Gaza, affirming that Fatah does not want to make any changes to its security apparatuses in the West Bank.

As for the next meeting, Fatah’s revolutionary council will convene later this month to discuss the latest development on the national reconciliation before agreeing with Hamas on a date for a next round of meetings, according to the source.

For his part, senior Hamas official Ayman Taha denounced head of Fatah delegation Azzam Al-Ahmed for falsely accusing Hamas of derailing the reconciliation talks in Damascus.

Taha asserted that Fatah was the party which thwarted the meeting when it refused to meet the terms of Egypt’s paper which stipulates the formation of a “joint security commission” overseeing the work of the Palestinian security apparatuses in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

“The meeting was adjourned because we were not ready to lose the Palestinian dialog after Fatah disrupted it and refused the terms of Egypt’s paper related to the security file, he underscored.

Hamas representative in Lebanon Osama Hamdan also criticized Fatah’s accusation that his Movement frustrated the reconciliation talks in Damascus as “unfortunate,” saying that Fatah was the party which suspended the talks on the security file.

In a televised statement, Hamdan stressed that if Hamas had not been ready to discuss the security file, it would not have held the last meetings in this regard with Fatah in Damascus, noting that Hamas’s refusal to sign Egypt’s reconciliation paper was because it excluded what was agreed upon previously between the two parties.

Details on last talks between Hamas, Fatah in Damascus disclosed.

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