Abu Marzouq: No further reconciliation talks until punitive PA measures lifted

HAMAS

Musa AbuMarzouq, Senior Member of Hamas Political Bureau

Musa Abu Marzouq, Senior Member of Hamas Political Bureau

The PA must lift its sanctions on the impoverished Gaza Strip before reconciliation talks can resume, Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk said on Sunday.

Senior Egyptian officials were due to invite a Hamas delegation for further reconciliation talks after enforcing the ceasefire understandings, but they were postponed due to the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza, he said.

Abu Marzouq reiterated his movement’s constant stance on reconciliation, stressing that Hamas will exert every effort possible to restore national unity.

However, he noted Fatah must abide by previous agreements such as the 2017 Beirut understandings and the 2011 Cairo agreement in order to progress, observing that all agreements reached since are “partial, as they were not reviewed by the Legislative Council, the National Provisional Framework, or the Palestinian Liberation Organization.”

That such agreements have only called for empowering the current government, and failed to result in the formation a new national unity government, are a weakness that the Israeli occupation is exploiting.

This requires the Palestinian people to reunite, and unify the ‘National Council’ in order to fight off Israeli plans to liquidate the Palestinians refugees’ right to return to their homeland.

The Hamas leader reaffirmed the necessity to prioritize national interests over factional ones, and to achieve reconciliation on the basis of national partnership, where all segments of the Palestinian people participate in national decisions.

Abu Marzouq emphasised that Hamas welcomes the ongoing efforts exerted by Egypt, along with other parties, to both unconditionally lift the Israeli siege on Gaza, and to restore national unity.