Interview: Possibility of inter-Palestinian reconciliation within coming months slim: official

16:47, November 22, 2010      

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by Emad Drimly, Saud Abu Ramadan

Wassel Abu Yousef, secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Front (PLF) and member of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview that he rules out the possibility of a reconciliation to be reached within the coming months amid the current situation.

"The current regional interference basically concentrates on the security issue, the most complicated subjects in the dialogue between Fatah and Islamic Hamas movement," said Abu Yousef, who added that the dialogue between the two rival groups "is passing through severe rigidity."

He continued that the hope to reach soon a reconciliation agreement between the rival parties "would lead to a real start of ending the current internal Palestinian split, which is still going on and calls for more positive developments."

Fatah party of President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas have so far failed to reach an agreement concerning the security issue, which is the last outstanding difference between them, according to the announcement made after a meeting between the two sides in Damascus early November.

Leaders of the two groups agreed to meet again at the end of this month to try to overcome their differences in the security issue. During their first meeting held late September in Damascus, they said they had agreed on three outstanding issues related to elections and the reformation of the PLO.

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