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Fatah commits to peace talks

2009-08-03 16:28

Bethlehem - The Palestinian Fatah movement says it will keep pursuing peace talks but reserves the right to resist Israeli occupation.

The subject of the negotiations is part of the party's draft programme to be discussed at Fatah's convention in the West Bank - the group's first in 20 years. The meeting starts on Tuesday. The new programme is being presented to more than 2 200 delegates for a vote.

Fatah has negotiated with Israel on and off since 1993.

The international community will closely watch the gathering. Fatah has been increasingly weakened but remains the West's only hope for delivering a Mideast peace deal.

Fatah's 1989 programme called for "armed struggle" against Israel. The new platform, published on Monday, is vague on violence but stresses negotiations and civil disobedience.