Hamas denies unity dialogue in Cairo antedated
A Hamas spokesman on Thursday denied that Egypt had advanced the date of the fourth round of inter- Palestinian dialogue to April 23, Xinhua reported.
"The only date we were officially told about was April 26," said Ismail Radwan, the Islamic movement's spokesman in the Gaza Strip.
Earlier, the head of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah delegation to the dialogue, Ahmed Qurei, told reporters that Egypt brought forward the time of the dialogue to April 23.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Nazzal, a senior exiled Hamas official, revealed that the upcoming round of the dialogue will first involve his movement and rival Fatah "before expanding to the rest of the factions."
The dialogue aims to reconcile Hamas and Fatah to end the political split between the Gaza Strip which was violently taken over by Hamas in June 2007 and the West Bank where Abbas consolidated his rule.
Meanwhile, Radwan rejected that Egypt had proposed the formation of a national committee to arrange between the Hamas administration of the Gaza Strip and the Western-backed government in the West Bank.
Egypt made the proposal after Hamas insisted not to join or form any unity government that recognizes Israel and accepts the peace deals while Fatah demands a peace government acceptable to the international community, according to local report.