Haneyya: The latest round of dialog was uneasy and strained
|Thursday, July 2,2009 18:14|
Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya stated Wednesday that the latest round of the national dialog which ended Tuesday in Cairo was difficult and strained, attributing this tense atmosphere to the refusal of Fatah leaders to deal positively with the political arrest file.
“We believe that our brothers in Egypt have made good efforts in order to reach an understanding, but there is an intransigent attitude by the delegation of Fatah Movement in this regard in addition to other issues that are major obstacles to reaching a reconciliation agreement,” premier Haneyya told journalists during a ceremony held in solidarity with imprisoned lawmakers.
In another context, Haneyya demanded the release of all Palestinian lawmakers and ministers from Israeli jails and added that their kidnapping was in the context of the Israeli relentless war on the Palestinian people.
He said that the Israeli occupation thought that the kidnapping of lawmakers and ministers could undermine the PLC and the legitimate Palestinian government, but the PLC and government managed to assume their duties fully during the past three years.
With regard to the Israeli hijack of the Free Gaza boat, the premier said that this Israeli behavior is an act of piracy and an attempt to stop the international solidarity with the besieged Gaza people, urging the human rights organizations to pressure Israel to stop its attacks on the humanitarian efforts made to help the Palestinians in Gaza.
In a press release, senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan said Wednesday that the next round of the national dialog would resume on 25 of July, adding that it was agreed on reactivating the security reconciliation committees in the West Bank and Gaza to end the political arrest file.
Radwan pointed to his Movement’s belief that Fatah’s compliance with external pressures and dictates and its security and political commitments towards the Israeli occupation were the main reasons for the failure of the national dialog rounds