Hamas, Gaza Factions Discuss New Ideas for Reconciliation

2011-03-10 04:57:09     Xinhua      Web Editor: Sun
Representatives of various Palestinian factions discussed on Wednesday new ideas for achieving an internal reconciliation presented by Islamic Hamas movement leaders to end the current split.

A meeting that included the factions’ representatives and Hamas leaders was held in one of Gaza city hotels to discuss the new ideas for reconciliation. Leaders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah party did not attend.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, read a statement to the press at the end of the meeting, and said that the meeting tackled the basic elements and ideas of an initiative that Hamas will declare soon to end the rift and gain unity.

“The Palestinian leaders discussed their initial vision for what had been presented,” said the statement, adding “They reiterated the necessity of ending the rift and gaining back the Palestinian unity.”

Barhoum went on reading that the factions’ leaders agreed to organize a popular rally on Friday to manifest the national unity to confront all the ongoing challenges, adding “only Palestinian flags will be waved.”

“Friday’s rally will be the first step forward towards ending the current division,” said Barhoum, who welcomed any popular effort everywhere, where the Palestinians are until they get their freedom and independence.

Meanwhile, Khaled al-Batsh, a senior Islamic Jihad movement leader, who attended the meeting, told Xinhua that the representatives of the factions listened to Hamas leaders over new ideas and points aiming at ending the division and gaining the national unity.

“The factions’ leaders expressed a strong desire to end the division and gain the national unity,” said al-Batsh, adding that the new ideas “need more debates and discussions.”

Walid al-Awad, a representative of the left-wing group, the People’s Party, told Xinhua that the ideas that Hamas leaders had presented to the leaders of the factions “can’t be called an initiative, but just ideas.”

“My party objected during the meeting Hamas attempts to overcome Palestine Liberation Organization and insulting it and trying to create an alternative,” said al-Awad. “We just need to achieve reconciliation.”

Hamas, which won the legislative elections held in Jan. 2006, seized control of the Gaza Strip by force in June 2007. Since them the enclave has been in Hamas hands and the West Bank remained under Abbas’ authority.

Hamas, Gaza Factions Discuss New Ideas for Reconciliation.

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