Practical steps to implement Palestinian pact start: Fatah official

08:21, May 30, 2011      

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party and Islamic Hamas movement have started practical measures to implement a reconciliation agreement they signed early this month, a Fatah official said Sunday.

The new measures on the ground involve ending the issue of people who are detained for political background in the Hamas- controlled Gaza Strip or in the Fatah-ruled West Bank, said Nabil Shaath, a Fatah official who arrived in Gaza earlier this week.

"There are positive signs to start implementing the agreement," Shaath told a news conference in Gaza. He expected that the technocratic government, which will rule Gaza and the West Bank according to the Egyptian-brokered agreement, will be ready in the first week of June.

Hamas and Fatah envoys will meet again in Cairo to talk about the government.

Prior to the news conference, Shaath met Ismail Haneya, head of Hamas' administration in Gaza, at his office in the coastal enclave. In 2007, Hamas routed pro-Abbas forces and took over Gaza by force.

Source: Xinhua
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