Palestinians Strike Gaza Unity Deal After Marathon Cairo Talks

He went on to say that, according to the terms of the deal, Presidential Guard units linked to the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) would be deployed along Gaza's southern border with Egypt no later than November 1.

Over the past decade, each side deepened control over its territory, making it increasingly hard to forge compromises and repeated attempts at reconciliation failed.

Al-Ahmed told reporters after the ceremony that there has been "full agreement" to empower a national unity government to assume its full authorities in Gaza.


Hamas must disarm and recognise Israel under a Palestinian unity deal announced on Thursday with its rival Fatah aimed at ending their decade-long split, an Israeli government official said. Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on the territory, severely restricting Palestinians from leaving the territory and goods from entering. Unemployment is high, and electricity and clean water are scarce.

Cairo is now leading efforts to heal a decade-long political split between Gaza-based Hamas and the West Bank-based Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Secretary-General also reiterated that the United Nations stands ready to continue working with Palestinian authorities and the region to support the Government in assuming its responsibilities in Gaza.


Both parties arrived in Cairo two days ago to resume reconciliation talks after announcing the Palestinian Concession Government assuming Gaza Strip affairs. Another committee would merge 3,000 Palestinian Authority loyalists into Gaza's Hamas-run police force.

He went on to say that Abbas planned to reverse all measures he had recently taken against the Gaza Strip, which since mid-2007 has been governed by Hamas. It is unclear whether that unresolved issue will delay Abbas' government's return to Gaza.

"Sinwar congratulated President Abbas by phone on the completion of the national reconciliation project", Fatah - of which Abbas serves as chairman - said in a statement.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made demilitarization one of his criteria for entering any talks with the Palestinians, a view also held by the Quartet - the US, United Nations, Europe Union, and Russian Federation.


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