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Damascus: Palestinian faction leaders reject call for Ramallah meeting

Aug. 20, 2009 11:57 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2009 12:02 P.M.)
Damascus – Ma’an – The Alliance of Leaders of the Central Committees of Palestinian Forces attended an all-factions meeting headed by Hamas Political Bureau chief Khalid Mash’al in Damascus on Wednesday.

Assembled leaders decided to reject an invitation for a National Council meeting in Ramallah, considering the meeting to be “illegal and illegitimate,” and preferring a commitment by West Bank leaders to “what has been agreed upon in the national dialogue.”

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive committee, headed by Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas called for the meeting on 26 and 27 August.

The officials suggested a meeting of factions’ Secretaries General be called, similar to a 2005 meeting in Cairo, in an effort to rebuild the organization of factions.

Prominent officials at the meeting included:

Islamic Jihad’s Secretary General Ramadan Abdullah Shallah

Hamas’ Vice-Chairman of the Political Bureau Moussa Abu Marzouk

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Assistant Secretary General Talal Naji

Fatah Secretary Abu Moussa

Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF) Secretary Khalid Abdul Majid

Revolutionary Communist Party Secretary General Arabi Awwad

Palestine Liberation Front Deputy Secretary General Abu Nidal Al Ashkar

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