Senior Palestinian officials from the main Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah are to discuss the remaining obstacles to reconciliation and enabling the reconciliation government to carry out its duties in Gaza strip.
On Wednesday, the reconciliation official from Fatah, Azzam Al-Ahmed, accused Hamas of not committing to the reconciliation agreement and ending the division. On the other hand, one of Hamas’ leaders, Basim Naim, said that Fatah and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority did not commit to the agreement.
On 12 October, Egypt brokered a deal between Hamas and Fatah. The two main Palestinian movements signed an agreement at the Egyptian General Intelligence Service headquarters in Cairo and agreed to proceed with further meetings between the factions to plan presidential and legislative elections.
According to the agreement, Hamas will allow a reconciliation government to carry out its duties in the 360 kmsq strip.
Later in September, Hamas announced dissolving its administrative committee in Gaza, in order to end the escalation with Fatah, which the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas belongs to.
Hamas has stressed that it would not concede weapons of the resistance. Abbas expressed his rejection for this. However, on Wednesday, Fatah denied calling for conceding weapons of resistance.
Also on Wednesday, both Hamas and Fatah announced, in a mutual statement, delaying allowing the reconciliation government to carry out its duties in Gaza, in order to finalise the necessary arrangements and to guarantee fully implementing the reconciliation.
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