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Fatah, Hamas to meet in Cairo Feb. 19, official says

Feb. 12, 2013 12:07 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 4:15 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fatah and Hamas will meet in Cairo on Feb. 19 to continue reconciliation talks, a Fatah official said Tuesday.

Sakhr Bseiso told Ma'an that the factions will meet under Egypt-mediation a day after the Central Elections Commission has finished updating the election register in Gaza.

The rival factions met in Cairo to discuss reconciliation over the weekend, but reached no agreement on the formation of a unity government or on a revision of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

"The Cairo talks did not achieve the breakthrough that we had hoped for, but they did not collapse," said Haniyeh.

A Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine official said Sunday that neither Fatah or Hamas have any real will to end the division.

The voter registration process is due to be completed by Feb. 18 and, in theory, an election could then be called three months later.

The last parliamentary vote was held in 2006, when Hamas swept to power, ending the dominance of Fatah. The following civil war split Palestinians both geographically and politically.
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