Hamas And Fatah To Meet Soon Over Unity Government

06 May
10:51 PM

Delegations from the rival Fatah and Hamas parties will meet in the coming few days in Cairo to make final arrangements for the new unity government, Azzam Al-Ahmad, head of Fatah’s parliamentary bloc said on Friday.He added that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will head a meeting that will include Khaled Mash’al Hama’s politburo chief and the Secretary Generals of the Palestinian parties, members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and its executive committee.

Both parties agreed to stop all forms of incitement against each other, and the delegations will discuss in their meetings ways to deal with the effects of the four years of division between the two parities, which may include, compensation for the families of the victims and to put an end to all forms of incitement and detention of each others operatives in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Al-Ahmad welcomed Khaled Mash’al speech during the celebration of the unity deal, during which he expressed his movement’s readiness to accept a two-state solution, saying that this will not give a chance for Israel to avoid moving forward for peace.

In the meantime, Israel, in light of the Hama-Fatah reconciliation, decided to withhold the monthly revenue dues to the Palestinian Authority form tax income, that Palestinians pay for imports. The month revenue mounts to 55 million dollars, the PA uses mainly to pay salaries of state employees.

In addition, the United States said it may cut is financial support to the Palestinian Authority as a result of ending the division between Hamas and Fatah which will worsen the financial crises the Palestinian Authority is facing.

There are currently 160 thousand state employees who expect to be paid every month by the PA in the West Bank, and 32 thousand employees Gaza.

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George Rishmawi

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