Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fatah and Hamas agree to release political prisoners

The Palestinian nationalist Fatah movement and Hamas agreed in Cairo to resolve the issue of releasing political prisoners from both sides in Gaza and the West Bank before the end of the month of Ramadan. According to the Egyptian official news agency Mena, the two movements took this decision, which did not provide further details during a meeting held this morning.

This meeting aimed to advance the reconciliation pact signed last May 4 in Cairo the two major Palestinian factions. The agency Mena said the meeting was held in a "positive atmosphere" that shows the insistence of both parties to overcome all obstacles to national reconciliation. The two main Palestinian movements also pledged to give "confidence steps" leading to reconciliation.

It is expected that both sides meet early next month of September to continue talks on the treaty reached in Cairo. This agreement provided for the formation of a government of national unity and holding general elections in Gaza and the West Bank within a year. Prior to the signing of this treaty, both sides has long struggled, sometimes violently, especially since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007 after driving the strip to the representatives of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.

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