Haneya: talks on unity gov't face differences
www.chinaview.cn 2006-11-30 20:19:37

Special report: Internal situation in Palestine

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 CAIRO, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Palestinian Prime Minster Ismail Haneya said Thursday that talks on a Palestinian unity government were still underway but there were some differences among factions over the constitution of the future government.

    At a press conference held in the Egyptian capital Cairo, Haneya, also a senior Hamas leader, said various Palestinian factions have been under "serious dialogue" over the establishment of a unity government.

    Yet there were some differences among factions on the portfolios in the proposed government, according to Haneya.

    "Unity is the national interest of the Palestinians," said Haneya, adding that Palestinian factions have agreed to set up a unity government based on a prisoners' document.

    The document, which calls for a two-state solution, also guarantees Hamas to participate in the government.

    However, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Thursday in Jericho that talks to form a Palestinian unity government had reached a "dead end", raising fears that hopes to solve the stalemate will be gone.

    "We have unfortunately reached a dead end. This is very painful for us because we know how badly the people have been suffering over the last nine months," Abbas told a joint press conference there, following talks with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

    Leaders of rival Hamas and Fatah movements are holding dialogue on details concerning formation of a new national unity government to end economic and political crises in the Palestinian territory.

    Haneya indicated that he would leave if a new Palestinian was in place, saying that the Palestinian interest was above his personal one.

    Haneya also said there would be no peace or security in the Middle East unless a just and comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace was reached and an independent Palestinian state was set up based on the 1967 borders.

    He slammed Israel's siege, with support from western powers, on the Palestinians since the Hamas-led Palestinian government took office in March.

    The Hamas-led Palestinian government has faced political and economic sanctions since it took office in March, as Hamas rejects three conditions of recognizing Israel, renouncing violence and honoring previous agreements signed with Israel.

    Haneya arrived in Egypt late Tuesday via the Rafah terminal crossing on Gaza-Egypt borders to kick off his seven-nation regional tour that will also take him to Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

    The tour, Haneya's first trip abroad since he took office in March, aims to promote ties between the Palestinian government and the above countries as well as garner support for the Palestinian people.


Editor: Han Lin
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