Friday, 30 July 2010

Hamas leader Ismail Radwan says Palestinian reconciliation is beyond reach

On Wednesday 28th July, a senior Hamas leader, Ismail Radwan said that Palestinian reconciliation is beyond reach, as a result of American interference, the issue of direct peace talks with Israel and Fatah's refusal to send thousands of passports to residents of Gaza who need to travel abroad.

Radwan added that Hamas is ready to sign a national reconciliation agreement but emphasised that it is difficult at the current time given what's happening on the ground.

He did not allude to Hamas' reservations about the Egyptian-sponsored document, which many believe is the key sticking point in reaching reconciliation.

These statements add another twist to the ongoing reconciliation saga; with no clear time plan of when this important objective will be met, leaving everything uncertain and with Egypt unwilling to make amendments to its document, it seems reconciliation will continue to be off the agenda for sometime.

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