Palestinian Cease-Fire Talks Open in Cairo

(Jerusalem Post) Khalid Abu Toameh - Representatives of 12 Palestinian factions began talks in Cairo on Thursday on a possible cease-fire with Israel. Egyptian intelligence chief Gen. Omar Suleiman, who helped broker the previous cease-fire that collapsed in August, said an agreement would strengthen the opposition to Sharon in Israel. Ahmed Ghnaim, a member of the Fatah delegation, said the main aim is to create a unified Palestinian voice, subordinate to the PA. Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders have refused to use the term hudna in referring to the Cairo talks, preferring instead to describe the discussions as a "national dialogue" designed to create a unified Palestinian position.

2003-12-05 00:00:00

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