Monday, July 06
Latest News
  1. Fighting grips Yemen's Aden as UN envoy presses truce bid
  2. Kuwait mulls charging more than 40 over mosque bomb
  3. Sousse governor among officials fired over Tunisia attack
  4. Polling opens in crucial Greece bailout referendum
  5. Greece will decide its own 'destiny' says PM Tsipras
  6. Police, witness: Suicide bomber kills five in NE Nigeria church
  7. Clinton: China 'trying to hack into everything'
  8. Airstrikes hit multiple IS targets in Syria stronghold
  9. Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack
  10. Ministers back to Vienna for final Iran nuclear deal push
  11. Lawyer: 2 London teens have married IS group fighters
  12. Saudi-led air strike on Yemen rebel bastion 'kills 23'
  13. IAEA: Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015
  14. FM: Iran will help meet 'common challenges' like extremism
  15. Greece PM urges 'No' vote to 'live with dignity in Europe'
  16. Ministry: Saudi policeman killed in raid, IS flags found
  17. UNESCO condemns IS destruction of Syria's Palmyra antiquities
  18. Tunisian Abu Iyadh, reported dead in Libya, is Qaeda veteran
  19. Nigerian troops battling Boko Haram gunmen outside Maiduguri
  20. Kuwait tightens security as emir attends joint prayers

Official says reconciliation top priority following UN bid

Dec. 5, 2012 10:47 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 7, 2012 11:24 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Political reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is the Palestinian Authority's top priority following the successful UN move to upgrade Palestine's status, a former PA official said Wednesday.

Nasser al-Shaer, former PA official and Hamas member, told Ma'an that President Abbas chaired a meeting with PLO members, Fatah's Central Committee and prominent national figures on Tuesday to discuss implementing political reconciliation.

Steps to further reconciliation efforts will begin in two weeks, al-Shaer said, adding that several committees will be set up to monitor the political and organizational process following the successful UN upgrade to non-member observer status.

The Palestinian leadership will continue working internationally to consolidate the Palestinian state and activate an effective political process to end Israel's 45-year occupation, while continuing to build Palestine's national institutions, the former official said.

Hamas and Fatah fought bitterly after the Islamist group won parliamentary elections in 2006, splitting into separate governments in Gaza and the West Bank a year later.

An Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas has repeatedly stalled, but Israel's eight-day war on the Gaza Strip, which ended on Nov. 21, gave political impetus to ending the division.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015