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Hamas, Fatah hold meeting in Damascus

Date and Time:25 September 2010 - 23:16 - Print This Post Print This Post Share

The Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have begun the reconciliation process at a meeting during which most of their differences, including the issue of power sharing, were resolved.

Delegations headed by Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed held a meeting in Meshaal’s office in Damascus on Saturday, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

The two sides reached an understanding on “the majority of points of difference,” they said in a statement issued after the meeting.

Hamas won the Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006, but since a major dispute with Fatah in 2007, it only rules in the Gaza Strip.

The two factions also agreed to continue talks with the aim of signing a reconciliation agreement in Egypt, which has been mediating talks between them since last year.

An earlier fence-mending proposal by Cairo, which called for Palestinian elections in the first half of 2010 and assigned responsibility for the security forces to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA), was accepted by Fatah, AP added.

However, Hamas rejected the proposal because it did not include the right of the Palestinians to “resist Israeli occupation.”

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