Reconciliation talks between Palestinian factions on Saturday failed to mend a nearly six year rift dividing the two major parties, Fatah and Hamas, and send the Palestinians to parliamentary elections.
The council convened by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a late-night eight-hour marathon meeting in Cairo to discuss reconciling differences and forming a unified Palestinian government.
Hamas forcefully ejected Fatah from the Gaza Strip in 2007 following its victory in the previous year’s elections, and has since established its own fiefdom in the coastal territory. The two parties signed a reconciliation deal last year, but it has yet to be implemented and the particulars of the agreement remain undefined.
The latest round of talks ended without reaching “tangible results,”Palestinian Ma’an News Agency quoted the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine saying, adding that Hamas was to blame.