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Friday, May 27, 2011

Fatah and Hamas meet in Ankara

Representatives of Hamas and Fatah met in Ankara last weekend in a bid advance their 'reconciliation.' The meeting was sponsored by a Finnish NGO and of course took place with the approval of the Turkish government.
Fatah lawmaker Ashraf Juma confirmed that the Fatah side had talks with Hamas representatives at the Ankara meeting. Speaking to the Palestinian news agency Ma'an, Juma said members of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and Osama al-Farra, a Fatah politician who is mayor of the city of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, attended the talks on behalf of Fatah. Hamas was represented by Ahmad Yousef, an advisor to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, and lawmakers Yahya Mousa and Ismail al-Asqar.

Juma said the meeting focused on ways to implement a reconciliation deal and strengthen dialogue. The two sides, he said, discussed how the reconciliation deal could further be developed. He also said a new unity government that Hamas and Fatah agreed to set up would probably be established over the next two weeks.

Commenting on the Ankara meeting, Hamas lawmaker al-Asqar said he hoped the gathering would turn a new page in furthering reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.
What could go wrong?

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At 3:15 PM, Blogger ProfessorPelotard said...

Just in from Deauville G8 meeeting:

12.52 A G8 statement on Israel and Palestine had to be toned down after the Canadians objected to a specific mention of a return to the 1967 borders, according to unnamed diplomatic sources. Canada's right-leaning Conservative government insisted that no mention be made, against the wishes of most other leaders present, said the source:

The Canadians were really very adamant, even though Obama expressly referred to 1967 borders in his speech last week.



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