Israel-Palestine News Compiler

Hamas confirms talks with Fatah to resume on 26 April in Cairo

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009

The statement came five days after a senior Hamas leader returning from Cairo noted talks had been “postponed indefinitely.”

Fatah and Egyptian spokespeople maintained that talks had been scheduled for 26 April, though Hamas remained silent on the issue until 9 March when they confirmed the set date.

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Israel: No objection to West’s talks with Tehran

Israel does not object to talks between the West and Iran intended to stop Iran’s nuclearization, as long as Iran does not take advantage of these talks, a top source in Benjamin Netanyahu’s government told Haaretz Thursday.

The source was commenting on the announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration that it will fully participate in talks with Iran on its nuclear program, putting the ball in Tehran’s court with a new engagement policy.

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Fatah-Hamas talks suspended until end of April

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009
Fatah and Hamas officials were trying to resolve differences ahead of polls next year

Fatah and Hamas officials were trying to resolve differences ahead of polls next year

The rival Palestinian Hamas and Fatah faction have suspended unity talks in Cairo after they were unable to reach an agreement, sources say.

The Egyptian-mediated process will resume in three weeks, Nabil Shaath, a senior Fatah official, said on Thursday.

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The Hamas movement on Thursday accused Fatah of sabotaging talks in Cairo aimed at restoring unity to the Palestinian government.

Meanwhile, senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath told Ma’an that there are “creative propositions that were presented and each movement needs to consult with its leadership on these proposals.”

He added that the talks were suspended until the end of April, adding that “we can’t say that this round of talks failed or succeeded,” but insisted that “the atmosphere at the talks was good.”

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