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Fatah leader Hussam Khader calls for three month "truce" with Hamas

Aug. 24, 2009 6:27 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 25, 2009 5:18 P.M.)
Nablus – Ma’an – Fatah leader Hussam Khader called for what he termed a three-month “truce” with Hamas on Monday in an effort to reunite the rival parties.

In a statement Khader said he welcomed President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to release 200 Hamas members from prison as a “positive step,” urging the release of all political prisoners in the West Bank and Hamas-controlled Gaza.

The former lawmaker also welcomed Hamas’ decision to release 50 Fatah members from jails in Gaza as a step that could advance negotiations between the two parties.

Khader’s statement said that Abbas proved he is a president “for all Palestinians.”

An advocate for reform within his own party, Khader is from Balata Refugee Camp in the West Bank city of Nablus. He was released from an Israeli prison in August 2008.
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