Haneya denies seeking reconciliation with Fatah not through Egypt

16:04, January 03, 2010      

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Deposed Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haneya denied on Saturday that his movement had asked its rival Fatah to reconcile and declare a national agreement not through Egypt.

"Hamas has never asked to sign the Egypt-drafted reconciliation paper in another place than Cairo," Haneya said during a seminar in Gaza city. "Hamas is ready to sign the reconciliation in Cairo immediately after an agreement is reached."

On Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Hamas of offering to reconcile with his Fatah party but not through Egypt, which has sponsored a series of talks between Hamas and Fatah.

Haneya, whose government rules Gaza, said Abbas and Fatah "block the reconciliation efforts as part of a conspiracy to topple Hamas and its government."

Fatah has signed the Egyptian reconciliation offer but Hamas, which took over Gaza by force and ousted Fatah in 2007, says it has reservations on the proposal.

The proposal aims at restoring political unity to Gaza and the Fatah-governed West Bank.

Source: Xinhua
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