Palestinians press on with Cairo talks

2014-08-08 17:01
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chairs a meeting of the Fatah party's executive committee in the West Bank city of Ramalla. (Majdi Mohammed, AP Photo)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chairs a meeting of the Fatah party's executive committee in the West Bank city of Ramalla. (Majdi Mohammed, AP Photo) (Majdi Mohammed)

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Cairo - Palestinian factions will remain in Cairo and press on with Egyptian-mediated talks despite the end of the ceasefire in Gaza, the head of the delegation, Fatah official Azzam Ahmed, said on Friday.

"We are not for escalation. We are ready to continue through our Egyptian brothers in negotiating to reach a final agreement that would return the rights to their owners," Ahmed said. "I mean here lifting the blockade of Gaza."

Ahmed said Palestinian negotiators were due to meet Egyptian intelligence officials, who have been mediating the talks, later in the day. He said Palestinian factions were united in their decision not to extend the 72-hour truce that ended at 05:00 GMT and had been clear about their basic demands to end the conflict.

Read more on:    fatah  |  egypt  |  palestine  |  gaza  |  middle east peace

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