Hamas, Fatah may hold 2nd meeting for reconciliation in Damascus

09:13, October 25, 2010      

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by Saud Abu Ramadan, Fares Akram

A senior Fatah official said Sunday that the second round of meeting for reaching an inter- Palestinian reconciliation deal with Islamic Hamas movement might be held in Syria's capital of Damascus next week.

Azzam al-Ahmad, chief of the Fatah delegation to talk with Hamas and the party's central committee member told "Voice of Palestine" Radio that the meeting with Hamas "might be held in Damascus following indirect contacts with the Syrians to overcome a dispute with (Palestinian National Authority) President Mahmoud Abbas."

Abbas and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad traded arguments during a semi-Arab summit held on Oct. 10 in the Libyan City of Sirte due to decide on the fate of the direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians started on Sept. 2 in Washington.

"We in Fatah movement are keen for keeping good ties with the Syrian leadership, therefore we hope that the dispute with Syria will be resolved soon. If we manage to overcome the crisis, I believe that the meeting will be held in Damascus, and if not it will be held in another place," al-Ahmad said.

During the first meeting, leaders of Hamas and Fatah agreed to continue the second round of talks in Damascus on Oct. 20. But it was postponed after Hamas rejected Fatah's request to move the meeting to another Arab capital.

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