World Buleltin / News Desk
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad group began negotiations with officials in Cairo on Monday, kicking off a new round of Palestinian peace negotiations that will involve rival groups Fatah and Hamas later this week.
Islamic Jihad leaders arrived in Egypt on Sunday. The Palestine Liberation Front is also set to attend the negotiations.
"The Egyptian government is very sympathetic to Fatah," Magdi Hussein, political analyst and secretary-general of Egypt's frozen Labour Party, told IPS. "For that reason, any new Egyptian attempt to mediate the dispute is doomed to failure."
On Jul. 25, five members of Hamas's military wing were killed when a bomb exploded on a crowded beach in Gaza. Hamas, currently party to a fragile truce between Israel and resistance factions in the Gaza Strip, blamed elements of the U.S.-backed Fatah movement for the attack.
Liberation Front spokesman Daoud Shahab said Egypt, in its role as a mediator, expects his group to be a key player in the talks, as it has the confidence of both Fatah and Hamas.
Egyptian mediators will hold separate talks with each group, followed by a general meeting.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ağustos 2008, 11:31