Hamas, Fatah to hold reconciliation talks in Cairo Tues.
(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) By Nojoud Qasem RAMALLAH, Oct 9 (KUNA) -- Fatah and Hamas factions are set to continue their Egyptian-brokered reconciliation talks on Tuesday, to lay the foundations and go into the specific details for the government takeover of power.
Topics to be discussed in the meeting may be an obstacle in reaching common ground between the two parties, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had stated last Thursday.
Palestinians are anxious about the results of the current talks of the reconciliation government which held its first meeting since 2014 last week. Citizens have had hopes on unity between the two factions before, however, their previous talks had failed in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Gaza Strip.
In this matter, a number of Palestinian citizens told KUNA on Monday that they are optimistic about the current meetings, although they fear Hamas and Fatah would only consider their personal interests.
They added that they have suffered conflict for over 10 years and they are skeptical about how fast matters are developing for the reconciliation government.
According to a statement by Fatah Spokesman Osama Qawasmeh to Voice of Palestine radio today, the meeting in Cairo will discuss enabling the national reconciliation government to run its economic, political and security tasks.
He also added that they are eager for a government which can enforce all laws.
Talks between Hamas and Fatah had previously failed due to unresolved issues including Hamas' employment of about 35,000 citizens, the Palestinian security authorities' control of crossings in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian resistance topic.
Hamas won the majority of seats in the parliament in 2006 and had seized control over Gaza Strip, which is under Israeli siege.
The Palestinian authority had taken a number of economic and political measures against Hamas, creating further tension between the two sides. (end) nq.ag
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