Egyptian FM urges Palestinian factions to sign reconciliation paper

08:37, February 21, 2010      

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul- Gheit urged on Saturday the rival Palestinian factions to sign the Egyptian-brokered reconciliation paper, the state-run MENA news agency reported.

"Palestinian reconciliation remains a major priority to Egypt," he said, adding that any remarks on the reconciliation paper will be taken into consideration during implementation.

He made the remarks while addressing the third meeting of the board of trustees of Yasser Arafat Foundation held in the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

Palestinian division is a pain in the heart of every Arab citizen who is keen on reaching a solution to the Palestinian issue, Abul-Gheit said.

Moreover, he said Egypt supports any effort that could achieve the goal of resuming peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians according to a timetable and in a way that tackles all issues related to the final-status solution, including Jerusalem and border demarcation.

In October, Hamas refused to sign an Egyptian-drafted proposal aimed to restore political unity in the Palestinian territories. Since then, Egypt has made little progress in brokering the reconciliation talks between the two sides.

Source: Xinhua
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