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Differences emerge before Palestinian unity deal

CAIRO — Serious disagreements over control of security forces and other key issues emerged in statements Monday by officials of the rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas, two days before they were due to sign an accord to end their bitter four-year rift.

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Hamas would not relinquish control of its security forces and would maintain its rule over Gaza even after the unity accord takes effect. That ran counter to the Fatah view that there would be a single authority with control of all the weapons in the West Bank, which is controlled by Fatah, and Gaza.

There was also a disagreement over how to relate to Israel and who the prime minister would be. Hamas said the next premier must come from Gaza, and Fatah said the next prime minister would be selected through a consensus of all Palestinian factions.

Under a framework reached last week, a unity caretaker government is to be formed to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections next year. Ministers are supposed to be technocrats, not politicians. The deal is to be signed Wednesday in Cairo.

Differences emerge before Palestinian unity deal 05/02/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2011 10:33pm]
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