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Haniyeh: No pulling back from decision to end Palestinian division

May 31, 2014 8:44 P.M. (Updated: June 3, 2014 8:23 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Saturday that "there is no pulling back from the Palestinian decision to end the division," stressing that both Hamas and Fatah remained committed to the national unity agreement signed last month.

The Hamas leader's statement came after days of impasse in the formation of the national unity government, with both sides saying that disputes remain in relation to the position of foreign minister as well as the ministry of prisoners' affairs.

Haniyeh admitted that there are some differences between Hamas and Fatah, but clarified said that both sides are in "constant contact through the negotiations file."

"In the stages of national liberation, it is necessary to work through our common interests in order to give the public something to look forward to," he said.

A national unification deal was signed between the two main Palestinian political parties on April 23, promising to form a government of national unity within five weeks.

The deal ended seven years of political division, which began in 2007 after clashes broke out in Gaza a year after Hamas won legislative elections.
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