Palestinian rivals end unity talks

Fatah and Hamas fail to reach agreement on a power-sharing government.

    The rival Palestinian factions hope to reach a deal before the next elections [File, AFP]

    As compensation, Hamas and other Palestinian factions would become part of an advisory committee that would be given a say in the government's decisions.

    But Hamas, which won a sweeping victory in the 2006 Palestinian parliament elections, appears unlikely to embrace the Egyptian proposal, which would keep them out of the government.

    Delegates at the talks also held meetings with Omar Suleiman, Egypt's intelligence chief.

    Suleiman reportedly asked for a final response to the Egyptian compromise proposal when talks resume on May 16.

    "Now all the concentration is on the Egyptian proposal, which says that ... any government formed by President Abbas will conduct the contacts with the international community," Nabil Shaath, Fatah's negotiator, said.

    Poor relations between Fatah and Hamas further degenerated after security forces loyal to Hamas pushed Fatah fighters out of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.