Hamas denies report of Syria sponsoring inter-Palestinian dialogue

Arab World Materials 12 April 2011 17:31 (UTC +04:00)

Damascus-based Palestinian Hamas ' politburo member Izzat al-Rishq said here on Tuesday that reports about Egypt's proposal for Syria to sponsor inter- Palestinian dialogue are not true.

Al-Rishq told Xinhua via the phone that Egypt remains the official custodian of the reconciliation talks between the Palestinian Hamas and Fatah organizations.

London-based Arab daily al-Hayat reported earlier the day that Egypt has suggested Syria to sponsor the reconciliation rounds between Fatah and Hamas.

For his part, Sameer al-Rifaee, Damascus-based Fatah movement's representative in Syria told Xinhua that there are no confirmed information about the matter so far.

The reconciliation talks were suspended in November 2010 after rounds of negotiation held in the Syrian capital Damascus reached a dead-end.

Hamas and Fatah have been engaged in a sour power struggle since the Islamic movement swept its rival secular Fatah in legislative elections in 2006.

In 2009, Egypt suspended its mediation role, and ties between Cairo and Hamas have deteriorated after Hamas rejected the Egyptian-drafted proposal, raising reservations involving security and elections.