Palestinian reconciliation dialogue ends in Cairo without tangible results

2013-02-09 21:22:37 GMT2013-02-10 05:22:37(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

GAZA, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Three days of marathon talks between Palestinian rivals on the internal reconciliation ended in Cairo without achieving any tangible results on substantial issues, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday.

Ahmed Majdalani, a member in Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told Xinhua on the phone that the meetings discussed substantial issues related to achieving reconciliation but ended without any results.

"The substantial issues discussed in the meetings held in Cairo are related to the legislation and the arrangements for holding the elections of the Palestinian National Council (PNC)," said Majdalani.

Salim Za'noon, Speaker of the PNC, the Palestinian parliament in exile, chaired the meetings of the temporary leading Palestinian body, which includes all factions in the PLO, as well as Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements.

The meetings, which were co-chaired on Friday by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Za'noon, failed to agree on the election law of the PNC and the implementation of other reconciliation issues.

"The meeting agreed to move up the issues that the Palestinian rivals disagreed upon to the PLO executive committee for more debates and discussions and then another meeting will be held later," said Majdalani.

He added that the meetings in Cairo failed to agree upon the formation of the transitional unity government and the date to hold presidential and legislative elections in the Palestinian territories.

However, Khalil al-Hayyah, a senior Hamas leader, told the pro- Hamas al-Aqsa TV station that the meetings agreed to start the consultations on forming the transitional unity government next week.

"The Palestinian factions agreed in Cairo to decide the date for holding elections when the circumstances are suitable," said al-Hayya, adding that Hamas wants to form the unity government fist to prepare the ground for a real reconciliation.

He added that Fatah "prefers at this stage to create more positive atmosphere for this step (forming the new unity government). Both Fatah and Hamas will keep working together to achieve real reconciliation."

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