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Official: PLO to bring together factions in Cairo soon

July 28, 2011 3:04 P.M. (Updated: July 29, 2011 9:56 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The PLO executive committee will meet with all Palestinian political factions in Cairo soon, politburo deputy of the leftist PFLP Abdul Rahim Mallouh said Wednesday.

The Palestinian Liberation Organization met in Ramallah on Wednesday to plan Palestinians' bid for membership of the United Nations in September.

Hamas declined an invitation to attend, saying national reconciliation should be implemented before the party joined political meetings.

Mallouh, deputy chair of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine political office, said in a press statement that the committee decided to call a meeting of the higher follow up committee to discuss the barriers facing the reconciliation between rival factions Hamas and Fatah.

Officials will contact Egyptian authorities to host the meeting in the nation's capital, where all pending issues from the reconciliation agreement signed in May will be discussed, Mallouh said.

Rivalry between Hamas and Fatah reached breaking point after Hamas won national election in 2006, and seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, creating separate administrations in the coastal enclave and West Bank, since then administered by a Fatah-led government.

A reconciliation deal agreed in Cairo in May has yet to be implemented, as the factions continue to spar over candidates for prime minister of a proposed unity government.
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