NEW EGYPTIAN-SPONSORED TALKS FOR ACHIEVING PALESTINIAN RECONCILIATION START AMID THREATS

GAZA, Palestine- Egypt has recently resumed its sponsorship of Palestinian reconciliation, amidst many threats towards the new rounds of talks, according to Palestinian observers.

Observers believed the lack of active will and the internal differences are the decisive factors of the continuing stalemate of reconciliation and its possible failure again.

Recently, Egypt hosted two delegations from both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, in an effort to promote reconciliation.

Several agreements on Palestinian national reconciliation have been reached under the sponsorship of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt in the past years, but none of them has resulted in a tangible breakthrough, to end the division that has begun since Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007.

“Egypt is once again struggling to move ahead with the Palestinian reconciliation file, despite all the frustrations and lack of practical response to the previous agreements,” Gaza-based political observer, Hani Habib, said.

Habib stressed that, the Egyptian efforts give hope again to end the internal split, but the result of the efforts is strongly associated with the response from both sides to these efforts.

He referred to the words at the Cairo talks about Egypt’s crystallisation of a new reconciliation paper, in which it tries to partially meet the requirements of both sides of the crisis.

The Palestinian expert pointed out that the Egyptian paper that is being circulated in the media, is important, as it has specified in detail a timetable for the implementation of each item and each stage.

“This will ensure that both parties will implement what has been agreed upon, which better insures the transition to the subsequent stage with both parties,” Habib told Xinhua.

In Oct, Hamas and Fatah signed an Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation pact in Cairo, to heal their prolonged rift.

Under the deal, Hamas should fully hand over its power in Gaza to the Ramallah-based consensus government. But the differences between the two sides forced a delay in the implementation of the deal until further notice.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK