DAMASCUS, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Damascus-based senior Hamas official Musa Abu Marzouq declared Thursday that Hamas has decided to suspend reconciliation talks with its Palestinian secular rival Fatah, Hamas official website reported.
"There will not be any meeting with Fatah as long as it continues ignoring Hamas' prisoners who are in hunger strike," Abu Marzouq said.
Hamas calls the Palestinian National Authority to "immediately release all political prisoners" including six Hamas members detained in Jericho for nearly two years.
Earlier this week media reported that a new round of talks between the two factions will be held in Damascus by the end of December.
Hamas and Fatah have failed to reach an agreement on sharing Palestinian security forces in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The two major Palestinian factions have repeatedly accused each other of undermining inter-Palestinian reconciliation.