Haniyeh applauds decision to stop talks
Published today (updated) 03/10/2010 22:39
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that
upcoming talks between rival movements Fatah and Hamas would be "a real test
"Achieving serious progress on the security issue will pus one step away
from signing the Egyptian document and will the groundwork for the practical
implementation of the agreement," Haniyeh said.
However, the Gaza premier warned that any delay to the new round of talks
scheduled for next week "might open the door to negative explanations, which
we don't want."
After officials from both parties met in Damascus last week, party members
said three of the four disputed points on the Egyptian proposal, which has
stopped Hamas from signing the deal, were finalized. Talks are scheduled for
next week and will include security experts from both parties in a bid to
reach a final consensus.
Haniyeh applauded the PLO Executive Committee's decision to halt
negotiations, "which should be followed by other steps to affirm that it
stemmed from true will to straighten the political track and support a
united national agenda rather than a tactical move."
He added: "Our attitude toward negotiations is clear; we refuse to be
dependent on US plans."
Haniyeh also called on the Palestinian Authority to bring an end to
politically motivated arrests.