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PLO committee to travel to Gaza for reconciliation talks

April 13, 2014 3:35 P.M. (Updated: April 15, 2014 11:21 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A PLO committee is to visit the Gaza Strip this week in an attempt to finalize a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, a statement from the office of Gaza's prime minister said Sunday.

The statement said a meeting was confirmed in a Sunday morning telephone call between senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad and Gaza PM Ismail Haniyeh.

Haniyeh promised to put forth a sincere effort to implement agreements between Fatah and Hamas reached in Cairo and Doha.

Regular phone calls between Fatah and Hamas leaders have been taking place in recent weeks, focusing on the subject of reconciliation between the two factions, the statement said.

The rift between the two Palestinian movements began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have yet to be put into practice.
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