CAIRO, 20 Shafar 1434/2 January 2013 (KUNA/MINA) – Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi has affirmed his plan to host a new round of conciliation talks among the Palestinian groups in Cairo in second week of January.


        Morsi, who received a telephone call from United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, assured the UN chief about his intention to host the reconciliation talks, according to a presidential statement, released late on Monday.

        Egypt attaches special concern to the issue of the conciliation among the Palestinians, Morsi said during the telephone contact with the UN chief.

        Cairo is mediating between the mainstream Palestinian organizations, the Islamic group Hamas and Fatah of President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas took over Gaza in bitter fighting against Fatah in 2007.

       The two movements differ on various key issues, such as methods to seek liberation of Palestinian territories, with the Islamic group adopting the armed struggle, and Abbas’ leadership favoring diplomacy to resolve the conflict.

         The official statement also said ki-Moon congratulated Morsi on recent steps, taken by his government, within the democratic process.

        He also expressed satisfaction at Cairo’ success in promulgation of a new constitution, in a free atmosphere, and expressed hope that upcoming legislative elections would be held on the same bases.

       It also quoted Ban ki-Moon as saying that Egypt “has presented an example to be followed in the process of democratic transformation in the region.” Moreover, the UN secretary general expressed gratitude to the president for Egypt’s efforts regarding the Syrian file.

       Egypt has declared support for the mission of the international-Arab trouble-shooter, Lakhdar Brahimi, who has been exerting intensive efforts to try find a common ground for conciliation between the Damascus regime and the opposition.

      He has also warned that failure to reach a settlement will lead to a much higher death toll of the strife, now estimated at more than 40,000. (T/R-019/R-006)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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