Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar speaks to supporters during a Hamas celebration after Israeli troops pulled out of the Gaza Strip March 3, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
GAZA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Mahmoud
al-Zahar, a top leader of the Islamic Hamas movement, vowed on Saturday that his
movement eagerly wants to end the internal Palestinian rift as immediate as
Al-Zahar told al-Arabiya Saudi Arabian TV that the
coming two days would witness a conclusion of all the outstanding issues between
the rival Fatah and Hamas movements under the Egyptian mediation.
On Tuesday, 80 representatives of 13 different
Palestinian factions, including the two big Palestinian movements of Fatah and
Hamas, began peace talks to end the rift and agree on forming a Palestinian
However, reports coming from Cairo quoted some
officials as saying Friday that the rivals have failed to overcome obstacles in
reconciliation talks which they hope will lead to a unified governing body for
the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
During the talks, Fatah has insisted that Hamas must
abide by existing peace agreements signed by the Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) with Israel, but Hamas has refused to make such a commitment.
Hamas proposed using the word "respect" instead of
"abide", but this falls short of satisfying the conditions set by the United
States, Israel and other Western countries.
"Hamas exerts its utmost effort to end the peevish
rift which has divided the Palestinian family and destroyed the Palestinian
society," said al-Zahar, adding that the five dialogue committees had achieved
He continued saying that "there are some issues like
the elections, the security and the formation of a government need more
intensive discussions and answers of several questions in order to overcome our
Al-Zahar insisted that any upcoming Palestinian
government "has to be transitional, doesn't carry any electoral platform and its
mission has to be for preparing for legislative and presidential elections and
"We began with the easy issues, and we had agreed on
most of them. We transferred the controversial issues to the highest steering
committee of the dialogue to resolve them," said al-Zahar.
Meanwhile, senior Fatah movement leader Nablil Shaath
had said earlier that the factions' delegations would leave Cairo on Saturday,
adding that the highest steering committee of the dialogue would remain in Cairo
until March 23.