Four Palestinian factions name representatives in reconciliation committees 2009-03-02 19:00:09   Print

Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts         

    GAZA, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Four Palestinian factions Monday named their representatives in the five inter-Palestinian reconciliation committees which will start a dialogue in Cairo on March 10.

    The Popular Front and the Democratic Front for the liberation of Palestine (DFLP), the Islamic Jihad and the People's Party named their representatives in the five committees.

    The five committees are "forming a national unity government, reforming Palestine Liberation Organization, rebuilding the security apparatuses, preparing for presidential and legislative elections and the committee of reconciliation."

    Saleh Zeidan, a senior DFLP leader told reporters that his group handed the Egyptian mediators the DFLP leaders who will be represented in the committees.

    However, the leaders of the two rival Fatah and Islamic Hamas movements said they still need more time for consultation before they name their representatives in the five committees.

    Last week, the Palestinian factions, including Fatah and Hamas, agreed in Cairo to form five different committees in order to for man interim government to end the blockade on Gaza and prepare for the elections before January 2010.

    Hamas movement's spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that Hamas has named its representatives in the five committees, "but we prefer not to declare the names until we go for consultation among the movement leaders.

    "We are not in a hurry. We have already chosen the Hamas leaders who will be represented in the five reconciliation committees. After we finish our consultations we will announce the final names," said Barhoum.

    Fatah leader in Gaza Faisal Abu Shahla also said that Fatah movement would need more consultations before announcing who are the Fatah leaders that would be represented in the committees.

Editor: Yao
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