Palestinians rally calling for national
reconciliation, Abbas to adopt Sana'a declaration, opening talks with
President Abbas will adopt Sana'a
declaration, opening talks with Hamas
Date: 26 / 03 / 2008 Time: 09:19
Bethlehem – Ma'an –
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced,
in a meeting on Tuesday with senior leaders of his Fatah movement, that
he will adopt a Yemeni-brokered agreement to resume direct talks with
the rival Hamas movement, sources with knowledge of the meeting said.
Present at Tuesday's meeting was Fatah's speaker in the Palestinian
Legislative Council (PLC), Azzam Al-Ahmad, who represented Fatah at last
week's talks in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. The source, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity, said that Abbas' aide, Nabil Amr, would hold a
press conference on Wednesday in Ramallah about the Sana'a declaration.
The leaked announcement ends days of disagreement within Fatah about the
Yemeni-backed agreement. High-ranking Fatah leaders, including
presidential aide Nimir Hammad and former Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei
accused Al-Ahmad of signing the accord without consulting the
Ramallah-based leadership on the final version.
Palestinians rally in Gaza and Hebron
calling for national reconciliation
Date: 26 / 03 / 2008 Time: 17:54
Hebron – Gaza – Ma'an –
Tens of thousands of Palestinians staged rallies
in Gaza City and the West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday calling for
national reconciliation between bitter political rivals Fatah and Hamas.
The rally in Gaza was organized by the Palestinian Popular Campaign for
National Reconciliation. Coordinator Abdul Mun'im Tahrawi said the rally
had three goals. First was to demonstrate that the Palestinian people
can bring about change in the internal political rivalry. Second was to
send a message to all political factions that the Palestinian people
have chosen reconciliation. Third was to urge the participants in this
week's Arab summit in Damascus that the Palestinian issue must be
included in the agenda.
Meanwhile, crowds of people in Hebron participated in a march from Al-Quds
Open University to the city's Al-Manara Square. Several prominent
Palestinian leaders representing different factions and Islamic forces
took part in the rally. Palestinian flags were raised and participants
shouted slogans calling for national unity.
The Hebron rally was organized by the Palestinian Centre for Democracy
and Conflict Resolution.
On Sunday senior Fatah official and former Palestinian Prime Minister
Azzam al-Ahmed, and senior Hamas representative Moussa Abu Marzouk
signed an initiative in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, calling for the
creation of a Palestinian national unity government and the rebuilding
of security forces loyal to the government rather than the rival
Hamas and Fatah ruled together in a National Unity government from March
2007 until Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip in June 2007, resulting
in days of bloody fighting between the two sides.
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