Fatah is Violating Reconciliation Agreement Claims Hamas

PNN – Palestine News Network – 14.08.11 – 17:39

Gaza – PNN – Hamas today accused Fatah of going back on previous agreements between the two political groups and violating the reconciliation deal that had been signed in Cairo earlier this year.

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Hamas’ accusation was aimed at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after Abbas opened registration for the upcoming Palestinian local elections in October, this weekend.

This latest tiff between the two political movements is part of a long-running battle between the two groups which seemed to be calming down after a reconciliation deal was signed in Cairo by Islamist Hamas and Secularist Fatah in April this year.

As recently as last week, PNN reported that in an attempt to keep the reconciliation on track, both groups had agreed to release each other’s political prisoners in a gesture of goodwill.

According to Haaretz, Hamas spokeman Sami Abu Zuhri claimed that by opening registration this weekend, Fatah had engaged in unilateral action that could put the reconciliation pact at risk. Instead both Hamas and Fatah should make such political moves in unison.

Since 2007 when Hamas seized control of Gaza and forced Fatah from the territory, both sides have had difficulty seeing eye to eye. The reconciliation deal brokered in April was seen as an important step in uniting Palestinians together and strengthening their bid for an independent viable Palestinian nation.

The reconciliation has been particularly hard to implement however, the main sticking point has been over the appointment of a new head of government. Fatah want the head to be current Prime Minister Salam Fayyad; Hamas, believing Fayyad to be too close to the West, has rejected his nomination.


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