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PLO reform committee 'to meet after UN bid'

Nov. 25, 2012 5:22 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 26, 2012 11:47 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to call a meeting of the PLO reform committee in Cairo after returning from the UN General Assembly this week, a political official said.

The meeting will discuss next steps after the vote on upgrading Palestine's UN membership on Nov. 29, DFLP leader Saleh Zeidan said.

It will also address ways to implement reconciliation between the rival Palestinian factions, he said.

The committee to restructure the Palestine Liberation Organization was formed in the wake of a May 2011 reconciliation deal that was never implemented.

Zeidan said support across the West Bank and Israel for Gaza during Israel's recent eight-day bombing campaign helped improve conditions for reconciliation.

Established in 1964, the PLO is the legal representative of Palestinians on the world stage, but has come under increasingly criticism for not being representative of the whole Palestinian polity.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, not currently members of the body, have representatives on the reform committee.
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