Ha­mas ac­cepts rec­on­cil­i­a­tion de­mands from Ab­bas

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Ha­mas mil­i­tant group on Sun­day said it has ac­cepted key con­di­tions de­manded by its ri­val, Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas, in­clud­ing na­tion­wide elec­tions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to clear the way for a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion deal after a 10-year rift that has left the Pales­tini­ans di­vided be­tween two gov­ern­ments.

In a state­ment is­sued overnight, Ha­mas said it was “re­spond­ing to the gen­er­ous Egyp­tian ef­forts, which re­flect the Egyp­tian de­sire to end the split and achieve rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, and based on our de­sire to achieve na­tional unity.”

Ha­mas said it had dis­solved a con­tentious ad­min­is­tra­tive com­mit­tee that runs Gaza, in­vited Ab­bas’ gov­ern­ment to re­turn to Gaza and was ready to hold new elec­tions.

The Pales­tini­ans have been di­vided be­tween two ri­val gov­ern­ments since 2007, when Ha­mas drove Ab­bas’ forces out of the Gaza Strip, leav­ing the pres­i­dent in con­trol only of au­ton­o­mous ar­eas of the West Bank. Re­peated at­tempts at rec­on­cil­i­a­tion have failed.

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