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Inter-Palestinian talks underway in Cairo ahead of negotiations with Israel

September 22, 2014, 19:35 UTC+3 CAIRO
Participating in the talks are officials from Hamas and Fatah who are planning to discuss internal disagreements and work out a single position on indirect contacts with Israel
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CAIRO, September 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Inter-Palestinian talks began in Cairo on Monday ahead of a new round of the Egypt-mediated indirect dialogue to be held on September 24.

Participating in the talks are officials from Hamas and Fatah who are planning to discuss internal disagreements and work out a single position on indirect contacts with Israel.

The national unity government consisting of Hamas and Fatah officials is facing a split. Under the August 26 ceasefire agreement on Gaza, the coalition-based technocratic government should assume responsibility for rebuilding the enclave after Israeli’s 50-day army operation which claimed the lives of more than 2,000 Palestinians.

Fatah functionaries have accused Hamas of creating “a shadow ministry” that is preventing restoration work. Hamas, in turn, says that the rights of its supporters have been infringed upon as 45,000 workers have not been paid yet.

Egypt has warned the warring sides that their continuing feud might play into the hands of Israel and urged them to settle their disagreements ahead of the conference of donors scheduled for October 12.

At the indirect talks, Israel and Palestine will start discussing the most pressing issues, such as  lifting the blockade on Gaza, restoration of the enclave’s seaport and airport, and release of prisoners.

Israel insists on demilitarization of the Palestinian enclave, but Hamas and other factions have flatly rejected this demand.

On August 26, the warring sides agreed on an open-ended truce which put an end to Israel’s large-scale operation in Gaza.

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