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Fatah rejects joint control over only Rafah crossing

May 30, 2009 10:23 A.M. (Updated: May 30, 2009 10:23 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - A senior Fatah leader in the Gaza Strip, Ibrahim Abu An-Naja, asserted on Saturday that Fatah has refused a Hamas suggestion to limit the role of joint security forces to the Rafah crossing.

Abu An-Naja said in a statement that the original proposal was to form a joint Palestinian security force encompassing members from all factions, including Hamas, to take charge of all security tasks in the Gaza Strip.

Amongst the tasks of the joint security force would be to prepare the atmosphere for legislative and presidential elections. The Rafah crossing will be part of many areas of control that the proposed force would handle.

With regard to the Palestinian national dialogue, Abu An-Naja asserted the first five rounds had not achieved much progress. However, he highlighted that director of Egyptian intelligence Omar Sulaiman announced that any agreement that would be signed on 17 June would be preceded by a dialogue session in which the five Palestinian committees could take part.

"The situation on the ground is unfortunately turbid, and Hamas-Fatah relations are getting worse and worse, which gives impression that dialogue committees will not have the way paved to reach an agreement," Abu An-Naja explained.

Abu An-Naja accused Hamas of planning to thwart the dialogue through its death setences against Fatah-affiliated people in Gaza, and through media incitement.

"All such procedures indicate that Hamas is heading toward thwarting the dialogue through arousing tension," he added.

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