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Hamas, Fatah reach agreement on unity govt

Broadcast: 09/02/2007

Reporter: Virginia Trioli

In a historic deal, the leaders of the Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have signed an
agreement for a government of national unity.


VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed to put aside their
differences and form a government of national unity. The leaders of the two groups signed a deal in
the holy city of Mecca, following two days of talks brokered by the Saudi king. Hamas Prime
Minister Ismail Haniya keeps his job, with independents taking the key ministries of finance,
foreign affairs and the interior. The rival leaders called on their supporters to end the
in-fighting which has left dozens of people dead since Hamas won elections a full year ago.

KHALED MASHAAL, HAMAS LEADER (TRANSLATION): We'll return home and abide by this agreement and I'm
asking myself and my brothers in Hamas to commit to this agreement.

MAHMOUD ABBAS, FATAH LEADER AND PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT: We hope that all shameful actions will be
stopped soon, so that we can move ahead to liberate our land.

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: While Palestinians are celebrating, Western donors are yet to say whether the
agreement will prompt them to restart frozen aid programs.