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Egypt presses for resuming Gaza truce talks

English.news.cn   2014-08-10 18:41:55

CAIRO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's intelligence chief Mohamed Tohamy met here on Sunday with the Palestinian delegation to discuss means for returning back to the truce talks and to reach a permanent cease-fire in Gaza, official news agency MENA reported.

This is the fourth time for the Palestinian negotiators headed by Azzam el-Ahmad, Member of Fatah Central Commit, to meet the Egyptian intelligence to reach an agreement via indirect talks with the Israeli side.

However, Azzam warned earlier that the Palestinian officials will leave Cairo unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian- mediated negotiations without preconditions.

The talks broke down on Friday after the Hamas rulers of Gaza refused to extend a 72-hour cease-fire. Israel had refused to accept the Palestinian demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport.

An Israeli delegation is scheduled to arrive in Cairo Sunday, but Azzam called on the Israeli side to join the negotiations with setting no conditions.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel will not return to talks to end the conflict in Gaza while Palestinian militants continue cross-border rocket attacks.

The Palestinian senior official confirmed the Palestinians will leave for talks with the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership, if no Israeli delegation showed-up.

Meanwhile, another Palestinian convey headed by Saab Oriqaat, executive committee's member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, will arrive in Cairo later on Sunday for talks with head of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi and the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry to discuss the latest developments and end the war in Gaza.

Nearly 2,000 Palestinians were killed over the last four weeks since the beginning of the fighting between the two warring factions along with 67 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.



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