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PFLP: Egypt unrest will not affect upcoming unity talks

Feb. 3, 2013 2:24 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2013 12:46 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Unrest in Egypt will not affect an upcoming PLO committee meeting in Cairo, an official from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Sunday.

PFLP official Kayid al-Ghoul told Ma'an that "it is possible to find a place to meet away from the chaos and unrest."

The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8 and aims to push forward reconciliation talks between Palestinian factions, he said.

"There must be national unity that strengthens partnership in the struggle," al-Ghoul said, adding that he hoped the division would soon be over and lead to election dates for the PLO and the Palestinian National Council.

Yasser al-Wadiyeh, head of a coalition of independents, said last week that President Abbas would convene a summit of the PLO reform committee in Cairo on Feb. 8.

The committee to restructure the PLO was formed in the wake of a May 2011 reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas that was never implemented.

Hopes of reactivating the deal were raised when Abbas, the head of Fatah, met with Khalid Mashaal, chief of the rival Hamas faction, in January.

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.
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