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Egypt proposes West Bank-Gaza Strip unity committee

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Egypt and Palestine, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

“This was a last-minute proposal, the details of which are unclear, waiting to be clarified during the coming round of talks that will be held at the end of April,” he added.

Al-Bardaweel expressed hope of reaching an agreement during the coming round of talks, and affirmed that “it will not be the last, in the event that there are unresolved issues, because Hamas as well as Fatah is determined to keep the doors open for Palestinian unity.”

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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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Abu Zuhri: “Hamas will not accept any government that does not receive PLC approval”

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009
Sami Abu Zuhri

Sami Abu Zuhri

In a statement to the Quds Press, Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesperson of Hamas, called on Fateh movement “to free itself from the US preconditions”.

“We are not the problem”, Abu Zuhri said, “The problem is in those who link the success of the talks with an American blessing”.

He also said that Ramallah government is illegitimate, and that any new government will not be legitimate unless it is presented and approved by the legislative council.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59832

Hamas: Egypt did not recommend Abbas to head transitional government

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum denied earlier reports that Egypt had recommended Abbas, whose term expired in January, to stay on after the completion of reconciliation talks between Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah movement.

“We did not receive any Egyptian proposals that Abbas will head the new government, but there are Egyptian thoughts and proposals that Fatah and Hamas may agree on, especially since the program of the new government is not yet fixed.”

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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.

For full article, visit http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/04/200942145427594526.html

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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Poll: Palestinians lack confidence in leadership, yearn for unity

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Internal Palestinian Affairs, Polls by beyondtheborder on April 1, 2009

Only a third of Palestinians still support a two-state resolution to their struggle, and only a slim majority want an end to projectile attacks from the Gaza Strip. Nine out of ten have no confidence that the current ceasefire in Gaza will hold.

Showing a desire for reconciliation, an overwhelming 72% support Fatah and Hamas holding joint negotiations with Israel. Fully 76% want Hamas to be included in the PLO, and more than 90% want Hamas and Fatah to form a national consensus government.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36811

Why America’s Man in Ramallah Quit

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

Salam Fayyad waves as he arrives for a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization after tendering his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Salam Fayyad waves as he arrives for a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization after tendering his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah

The public gloss on Fayyad’s departure, set for the end of this month, is that it would pave the way for a new Hamas-Fatah unity government. Talks between the rival Palestinian factions began in earnest on Tuesday in Cairo, and according to Palestinian officials involved in the talks, the Egyptians, at Washington’s behest, may be trying to reposition Fayyad for a comeback. It won’t be easy; Hamas had long made clear that it did not recognize Fayyad’s legitimacy as Prime Minister. Fayyad, a former Finance Minister, was appointed Prime Minister in 2007 of a West Bank-based emergency government by President Mahmoud Abbas, in a bid to outflank Hamas. The Islamists hold a majority in the Palestinian parliament, but many legislators were placed under Israeli arrest, preventing the legislature from sitting. But Hamas wasn’t Fayyad’s only problem.

For full article, visit http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1884103,00.html