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Palestinians deny Syria to host factional mediation

April 12, 2011 1:13 P.M. (Updated: April 12, 2011 10:05 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Egypt has not nominated Syria to host dialogue between Fatah, Hamas and other Palestinian factions, officials told Ma'an, denying reports in the London-based daily newspaper Al-Hayat.

The report cited Egyptian officials saying that as the country prepares for elections and continues its transition from out of the 30-year-rule for former President Hosni Mubarak, that it would be glad if Syria handled the mediation efforts, which had for years come under and Egyptian purview.

Al-Hayat said acting Egyptian Prime Minister Nabil Al-Arabi had even offered assistance to Syria if it took on the project, advising that "political agreement should be based on establishment of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967; this will lead to reconciliation."

A Palestinian source close to the issue denied the report, saying it was clear that Egypt would take on the project of ending Palestinian division, and said the country had in no way nominated Syria to take on the roll.
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