Gaza City, 8 Rabiul Akhir 1434/18 February 2013 (MINA) – Delegations from Hamas and Fatah will meet again in Cairo on Feb. 27, intensifying reconciliation of both parties that has been ongoing, a senior Hamas leader said Sunday (17/2).
Hamas’ deputy politburo chief Mousa Abu Marzouq said in a statement that the factions will meet to discuss mechanisms for formatting a unity government.
Hamas official Khalil al-Hayeh said Saturday that the unity government will address the most important reconciliation issues, including holding elections and reforming security forces.
The long-stalled agreement made some progress this week as the Central Elections Commission updated voter records in the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2005.
The voter registration process is due to be completed by Feb. 18 and, in theory, an election could then be called three months later, according to Palestinian news agency, Ma’an reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Monday.
The last parliamentary vote was held in 2006, when Hamas swept to power, ending the dominance of Fatah. The following civil war split Palestinians both geographically and politically.
A deal was signed in May 2011 to reunite the West Bank and Gaza, but political factions have repeatedly failed to reach an agreement concerning its practical implementation.
However, since the eight-day Israeli attacks on Gaza (14-22 Nov. 2012) that caused 167 Palestinians dead and thousands injured as well as destroyed important buildings in the city of Gaza, reconciliation of both parties rised a new hope.
After the Israeli attack that increased the support from various international circles, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas stepped forward reviewing status of Palestine at the UN. After a fierce debate took place because the U.S. has veto power in the UN refused to increase the status, it won the support of 138 states to become a non-member observer state at the UN.
At the end of 2012, Abbas declared it’s time to focus on reconciliation with Hamas. “Now we have to seriously think about reconciliation. We will ask Egypt to assist the reconciliation process, “Abbas said in a meeting between Palestinian leaders Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
In mid-January 2013, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said the PA government and the Hamas movement have full readiness for a successful Palestinian reconciliation.
He told reporters after Friday prayers at the mosque Syati, western Gaza, that all information coming from Cairo provides peace and good news, there are serious motives to enter a new phase of the Palestinians, end the division and realize reconciliation.
The Support for the reconciliation come from different countries and international organizations. (T/P03/E1)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)