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Fatah and Hamas have "genuine will" for unity: Meshaal
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Hamas99(4).jpgHamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal said that both Fatah and Hamas have "genuine will" to move forward in a new phase of unity and forget the era of divisions which lasted for seven years.
Speaking to Al-Jazeera, Meshaal said that the "common obsession" for the Palestinian factions is the re-organization of the PLO because it is the doorstep for starting a new "real partnership" aiming at uniting the Palestinian decision.
Meshaal stressed that Palestinian reconciliation strengthens Palestinians in the face of Israeli occupation, which "spreads bloodshed, desecrates holy places and confiscates land."
Regarding the popular position towards the reconciliation, Meshaal said that the Palestinians are "worried and cautious" about the reconciliation because of previous "relapses" followed several previous agreements.
However, he pledged "to do [his] best" to lead this Palestinian project to success. He considered what Fatah and Hamas have done as "vital" to all sides.
EU urges two sides to return to talks
Meanwhile, the European Union on Sunday urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, saying U.S. efforts to broker peace must not be allowed to "go to waste."
"Negotiations are the best way forward," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in response to the breakdown last week in months of efforts by Washington to keep the two sides talking.
"The extensive efforts deployed in recent months must not go to waste," Ashton's statement added.
"The EU calls on all sides to exercise maximum restraint and to avoid any action which may further undermine peace efforts and the viability of a two-state solution."
Talks between the two resumed in July and were to have lasted nine months until Tuesday, April 29, but Israel pulled out last week in response to a reconciliation deal bringing together the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Hamas.

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