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PFLP: Fatah and Hamas lack will to end rivalry

July 5, 2011 4:57 P.M. (Updated: July 6, 2011 1:58 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Tuesday that Hamas and Fatah lacked the political will to end their rivalry.

Palestinian factions signed a deal in Cairo on May 4 to form a unity government to end years of hostility between the parties. But talks to finalize the formation of the new government stalled over a leadership row.

The PFLP has accused both parties of lacking the political will to end the rivalry and said authority had become the main motivation for conflict between the groups.

The leftist faction said internal conflicts had erupted within each party as soon as the reconciliation agreement was signed, indicating that certain elements benefited from the division.

"It has become clear that Palestinian unity has been dependent on narrow partial interests and pressures from outside, and that is the main obstacle to unity," the party said in a statement.

PFLP also said Hamas and Fatah had not achieved national consensus between Palestinian factions, which was "a prerequisite for building a national coalition and partnership."

The party called for a widespread popular movement to pressure the parties to implement the reconciliation agreement.

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