Hamas asks to deal signing of reconciliation deal over Gaza war report scandal

Published October 7th, 2009 - 08:48 GMT

Hamas has asked Egypt to postpone the signing of a Palestinian reconciliation agreement, which was set for later this month, a source within the movement said on Wednesday. Hamas "asked Egypt to postpone the session for the signature of the agreement" with Fatah led by president Mahmud Abbas, the source told AFP.

 

The delay was requested because of the controversial decision by the Palestinian delegation at the UN Human Rights Council to drop its backing for an immediate vote on the Gaza war report, the Hamas source said.

 

A Hamas spokesman, Taher al-Nunu, said the decision on the Goldstone report "has had a negative impact on the dialogue."

 

However, in Cairo, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said: "I don't imagine that anyone who (seeks a delay) really strives for the unity of Palestinian national work."

 

Hamas has been at the forefront of criticism directed at Abbas over the decision, saying the move "betrayed" the Palestinian victims.

 

Meanwhile, a group of university professors in Gaza voiced their rejection of the decision on Wednesday by throwing shoes at an Abbas portrait that bore the words: "To the dustbin of history, you traitor."

 

 

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