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SA welcomes PNA, Hamas reconciliation

2012-02-08 08:04

Pretoria - The South African government welcomed the reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority (PNA) and Hamas, the department of international relations said on Tuesday.

PNA president Mahmoud Abbas and Islamic Resistance Movement chairperson Khaled Meshaal agreed to participate in a unity government in the Israeli-occupied west bank of Gaza on Monday, department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

"The agreement announced... is encouraging, as the two Palestinian leaders committed themselves to working together to announce a new interim government in the coming weeks."

This was in preparation for the setting of a date for future presidential and legislative elections, expected to occur this year, said Monyela.

"The people of South Africa continue to strongly support Palestinian statehood and achieving the basic fundamental rights to which all peoples are entitled."

Comments
  • procold2 - 2012-02-08 08:18

    dont worry about palistine, think our gov should be working on our own reconciliation agreement.

  • John - 2012-02-08 08:37

    Actualy, I wonder why Pick'n'Pay was sold to Walmart?

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-08 08:43

    Oh no, here we go again...

  • zaakiro - 2012-02-08 08:57

    Many people see this move as another negative, "another terrorist state" to be formed. I would like to say you wrong if you of that opinion. South Africa was seen in the same light not so many years ago, many troubled nations sort to support US(South Africa) despite their own issues. Today we stand "some-what" democratic with tons of race, economic & social issues coupled with lack of development in key areas BUT we still have the freedom to voice our opinions, take our children to school, enjoy simple outing without any sort of military intervention telling us differently. If you disagree with the right to freedom in Palestine, you are disagreeing the right of freedom to yourself and everyone else in South Africa or anywhere in the world. You might see an Arab kid, or even more generally a "Muslim" kid and say well his going to grow up to be a terrorist, why should i support his freedom? Well friends, many South African are victims of crimes in our homes, business and generally everywhere, having a gun pointed at your face, at your family changes you in many ways. Now imagine a 6year old boy or girl, having massive guns, tankers been in their face every single day. Having to be searched by opposition military on their way to school, having the women/wives been body searched by men who feel they have the right to touch a women as they wish, having to wait with sick kids at border post for hours..?? Imagine this.... Then claim to have an opinion on their Freedom !

      John - 2012-02-08 09:54

      "If you disagree with the right to freedom in Palestine, you are disagreeing the right of freedom to yourself" Who are you to compare our freedom to Palestine? Have you spilled a drop of blood for our freedom in order YOU to judge our belives of freedom? Get Lost Zaak. We can have our own opinion. We don't need your prophet speech here.

      BA - 2012-02-08 10:17

      Zaak that is such utter rubbish. There are NO border controls within palestine, so your accusation that kids are searched on their way to school is just a lie. In fact, the founder of Hamas last month declared that gaza was not occupied. You can read that on any news source. Also your accusation of men searching women and "touching them" is also utter lies and rubbish. Finally, you are one of those people that thinks that the palestinians' rights to move freely into ANOTHER sovereign coutry, which they are war with, without a border control or normal security checks, is more important that Israeli lives. EVERY country in the world has borders and does security checks. But you want Israel to allow people whose government's stated intention is to destroy Israel and kill Jews to just walk into Israel without the same rights that you afford to every other country in the world.

  • Michael - 2012-02-08 09:25

    Do they even know who the president of SA is, do they even care what we think? Quite funny watching our govt trying to throw it's weight around on the world stage.

  • Igal - 2012-02-08 11:12

    This government should speak for themselves, and not print "The people of South Africa continue to strongly support Palestinian statehood and achieving the basic fundamental rights to which all peoples are entitled." I believe they should rather concern themselves with our country, and stop putting their noses in other country's business.

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