Egypt: No date for signing Palestinian unity deal

Published October 17th, 2009 - 06:39 GMT

Egypt has delayed the signing of the Palestinian unity deal because of "new complications," an Egyptian official told Reuters Saturday. According to him, the mounting tensions between Fatah and Hamas are over the handling by PA chief Abbas of a UN report criticising the Israeli military offensive into Gaza in December and January.

 

Cairo had set a signing ceremony for October 25. The official told Reuters no new date was set for signing. "Egypt saw it was better to delay until there is a suitable atmosphere," he said.

 

"We are not going to let things collapse," said another Egyptian official. "We will wait until the dust settles and activate efforts again and I hope that will be very soon."

 

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