|Palestinian Hamas meet Suleiman in Cairo|
|Wednesday, 11 February 2009|
Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement reported on Wednesday that a Hamas’ delegation is scheduled to meet Omar Suleiman, chief of Egypt’s intelligence in Cairo to discuss a ceasefire in Gaza, and the sources said the chances of reaching an agreement are high
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that the discussions between Hamas officials and the Egyptian mediator would focus on a series of clarifications that Egypt has been convoying between Hamas and Israel.
He added that "any lull's deal is subject to Hamas' satisfaction and the answers that the Egyptian side gets from Israel and according to the guarantees"
Regardless of time, the ceasefire must meet the Palestinian people's
demands of opening the crossing points and lifting the Israeli blockade
on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, according to Barhoum.
Meanwhile, Palestinian sources said that the ceasefire was likely to be
announced soon as the outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wants
to "leave office with an achievement."
Egypt has also invited rival Palestinian groups, mainly Hamas and
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, for unity talks in
Cairo later this month.
Since Israel implemented a unilateral ceasefire that ended a 22-day military operation in Gaza Strip on Jan. 18, Egypt has been engaged in a new round of mediation talks with the Palestinians, Israel and international parties concerned for a durable truce in the Palestinian enclave.
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