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Fatah, Hamas leaders to meet in Gaza

21 August 2010 2:02

The leaders of Fatah and Hamas are scheduled to meet in Gaza on Saturday in an attempt to end the internal conflict and achieve reconciliation.

The talks are to be conducted based on trust and sincere intentions to reach reconciliation but not aimed at signing any deal or discussing the Egyptian peace document, Sakher Bseiso of the Fatah Central Committee said on Friday.

Egypt is mediating US-backed peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Hamas has rejected the US calls for the resumption of direct peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, describing it as a new attempt to deceive the Palestinians.

Bseiso also stated that no faction can ignore the presence of another faction and all political factions should work for reconciliation and unity, the Ma’an news agency reported.

The meeting was arranged after democratically elected Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who is a member of Hamas, called on Fatah delegates to hold meetings with Hamas leaders in Gaza to discuss unity talks.

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