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Dweik: Hamas will sign Egyptian proposal by end of month

Nov. 11, 2009 8:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2009 10:00 A.M.)
Ramallah – Ma’an – Hamas will sign the Egyptian reconciliation paper by month's end, Dr Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and member of the Hamas bloc said Wednesday.

Dweik gave an interview on Al-Jazeera Arabic announcing that Hamas leaders had secured Egyptian guarantees that they would take into account Hamas' reservations on the issue, and would list them on the sidelines of the reconciliation paper, which would be signed by both parties.

"By the end of the month you’ll hear what will delight your hearts," Dweik said, assuring that political activity ensuring the end of Palestinian division was ongoing.

Earlier Wednesday, the Palestinain paper Al-Quds Al-Arabi had Dweik hinting that Hamas would soon sign the Egyptian plan for unity. In the article, Dweik elaborated on the matter of the conditions Hamas insisted on inserting into the unity document before it would sign.

“There are many reservations related to the actual situation, like when the Palestinian Authority fired Hamas employee, as well as the continued detention of Hamas members in West Bank prisons," Dweik was quoted as saying. He explained the Hamas reservations in the unity document would act as guarantees that "these files will be ended."

He called on Egypt to “continue these few meters” to reach Palestinian reconciliation, "which is urgent after the evaporation of the American promises to Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas."

The newspaper also said Palestinian sources hinted at external intervention in the mediation process, likely from Syria and Turkey, suggesting the Turkish prime minister’s visit Tehran earlier in the week was to look at the Palestinian reconciliation file.

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