zondag 25 januari 2009

Fatah vertegenwoordigers mogen van Hamas grens Gaza-Egypte controleren

PA-vertegenwoordigers uit Gaza zouden de grens met Egypte mogen monitoren van Hamas. Het lijkt dubieus of dat een goede grenscontrole zou opleveren, gezien de geweldadige opstelling van Hamas tegen Fatah in Gaza. Zouden deze Fatah-mensen werkelijk melding durven maken van waargenomen wapensmokkel? Mij lijkt dat zij zowel als hun families daarmee gevaar kunnen lopen.

Hamas agrees to allow Fatah forces to patrol Rafah crossing
By Haaretz Service and The Associated Press
Last update - 16:21 24/01/2009

The London-based Asharq al-Awsat reported Saturday that Hamas has suggested representatives of the Palestinian Authority be stationed at the Rafah crossing, but that they be residents of Gaza, not the West Bank.

Also on Saturday, Hamas officials laid out some of their conditions for a continuation of the Gaza truce and for the release of captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.

A Hamas delegation comprising representatives from Gaza and Damascus traveled to Cairo is to meet with Egyptian officials on Sunday.

One Hamas official reiterated the group's demand that Shalit be freed as part of a larger prisoner exchange, and that his release not be tied to the issue of opening Gaza's border crossings.

Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha told Asharq Al-Awsat that his group wants European Union and Turkish troops to patrol Gaza's border crossings with Israel.

The discussions in Egypt will focus on a working paper to consolidate the cease-fire with Israel following the three-week offensive.

One official said the talks - slated for Sunday - will also address the fate of Israeli soldier Shalit, captured by militants in a June 2006 cross-border raid.

The Hamas officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.

The six-day-old truce remains fragile. Israel wants a halt to arms smuggling to the militants, while Hamas wants an end to Gaza blockade. Hamas demands the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

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