Hamas leaders to discuss unity pact with Egyptians

Official says talks would begin on Monday.

Hamas leaders to discuss unity pact with Egyptians
Leaders of the Hamas group will resume talks with Egyptian officials this week on proposals for reconciliation with the Palestinian Fatah group of President Mahmoud Abbas, officials said.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said a delegation from the Gaza Strip would be led by the group's chief Khaled Meshaal, who is based in Damascus.

He said talks would begin on Monday.

"We are interested in ending divisions and reaching a reconciliation," said Abu Zuhri, declining to outline his group's final position.

Abbas has visited Cairo recently and discussed the reconciliation proposal with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt last week proposed delaying Palestinian elections to allow more time to work out a power-sharing deal between the two groups. Election are legally due on Jan. 25, 2010 but no firm date has ever been published for the next ballot.

One senior Fatah official said his movement would accept a delay, though others said that would be conditional on a deal with Hamas by the end of October.

Last Mod: 28 Eylül 2009, 18:11
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