Hamas delegation heads to Cairo for crucial talks
Hamas delegation heads to Cairo for crucial talks
Wednesday, February 11,2009 13:25

A delegation of the Hamas Movement is scheduled to arrive in Cairo on Wednesday night led by Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, the deputy political bureau chairman of Hamas, for crucial talks with Egyptian officials.

Reliable sources told the PIC that the delegates, comprising Hamas leaders from Gaza and Damascus, would convey the Movement"s reply to the calm proposal that was officially relayed to Hamas in mid last week.

The sources said that the meeting to be held with Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman would be decisive and would decide whether there would be a new calm agreement or not.

They noted that the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip met on Tuesday and crystallized a unified stand while another meeting was held in Damascus between Hamas leadership and leaders of other resistance factions based in Syria to adopt a final position regarding calm.

Hamas has put the conditions that any calm should be limited to one and a half year and would not accept a pledge not to acquire weapons, the sources said.

They added that inter-Palestinian dialog would not be feasible without a solid Fatah-Hamas agreement, adding that no progress could be made in this regard as long as hundreds of Hamas supporters are held in PA security jails in the West Bank.