Hamas Says It Has Agreed to Key Conditions for Reconciliation

Hamas Says It Has Agreed to Key Conditions for Reconciliation

Palestinian Hamas group said on Sunday it has dissolved its administration that runs Gaza and agrees to hold general elections in order to end a long-running feud with President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement.

The islamist movement leading Gaza strip since it ousted palestinian Authority, controlled by Fatah movement of palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in 2007 after winning general elections in 2006.

In its Sunday statement, Hamas invited Abbas' government to return to Gaza and said it was ready to enter talks with Fatah and hold new elections.

"Hamas is ready to resume the dialogue with the Fatah movement to implement the Cairo reconciliation agreement of 2011 on the formation of a unity government with other Palestinian factions", the statement said.

The Hamas movement said in a press statement that the announcement comes in response to the Egyptian efforts, led by the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, out of an Egyptian concern for achieving Palestinian reconciliation and ending the division.

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Some polls show that if parliamentary elections were held now, Hamas would win them in both Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the seat of Abbas's Palestinian Authority.

Since then, the Palestinian leadership has been divided between two rival governments.

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A team led by Hamas chief Ismail?Haniyeh?has been in Cairo for a week, holding talks aimed at reconciling with Abbas.

The two sides have made several attempts at reconciliation.

Punishing measures included reducing electricity payments for the Gaza strip and cutting salaries for civil servants there.

Representatives for Abbas, who is in NY ahead of the U.N. General Assembly this week, could not be reached for comment, nor could Fatah representatives presently in Egypt, which has been hosting talks with Hamas.

"Hamas wants to improve the situation in Gaza, but it doesn't want to give up control of it", Bjorn said.

"As a result of having Fatah delegation in Cairo, Hamas has been put under the pressure of Egypt and Fatah delegation to immediately respond to Abbas call of dissolving its administrative committee, and it really did and agreed to dissolve it", said Oukal.

Still, it's not clear whether Hamas will brush away a formidable obstacle to reconciliation by putting its security forces under Abbas's control.

Officials also said more information was needed before considering it a done deal.

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