Palestinian technocratic government in making: Abbas

09:17, May 24, 2011      

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Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that work is underway to form a Palestinian technocratic government.

"There is a wrong understanding of the government that it is a power-sharing government between Fatah and Hamas. The government is my government and follows my strategies and policies. It is a government of independents that does not include anyone who belongs to any Palestinian faction," Abbas told reporters in Amman after talks with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Early May, leaders of the two Palestinian factions signed in Cairo a Egypt-drafted reconciliation agreement, which envisions the formation of a technocratic government to rule the Hamas- controlled Gaza Strip and the West Bank, which was ruled by the Fatah-led Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

By proclaiming the reconciliation pact, rival Hamas and Fatah party ended around four years of internal division, which began when Hamas routed the security forces of Abbas and seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

During talks in Amman, the Jordanian leader and Abbas looked into efforts to overcome obstacles that hamper the resumption of direct Palestinian-Israeli talks that address all final status issues leading to the creation of an independent Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, the state-run Petra news agency said.

At the meeting, Abdullah II said the reconciliation deal was a positive step to unify the Palestinians and enable them obtain their legitimate rights, mainly their right to statehood.

Source: Xinhua
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