GAZA HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE 27.12.2008-18.01.2009

Thursday, 29 January 2009

MAAN NEWS AGENCY::Hamas agrees: Gaza reconstruction funds to be depoliticized

from Ma'an News Agency

Hamas agrees: Gaza reconstruction funds to be depoliticized
Date: 28 / 01 / 2009 Time: 17:35

Gaza – Ma'an – Hamas has accepted a plan to rebuild the Gaza Strip in which funds would be given to international agencies and kept out of the hands of Palestinian factions, a participant in the Cairo negotiations said on Wednesday.

Talal Abu Tharifa, a member of the central committee of the leftist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), said that Hamas had agreed to the proposal, which is based on “the Lebanese experience.”

Palestinian political leaders are in Cairo to discuss a ceasefire with Israel, Palestinian reconciliation, and the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. The question of how to distribute reconstruction funds has been contentious because of an international aid boycott of the Hamas government. At the Cairo negotiations, Hamas had previously demanded that it be allowed to handle the reconstruction funds.

Abu Tharifa told Ma’an that Hamas leaders Abu Hashem, Salah Al-Bardawil and Ayman Taha had agreed to the plan. He also said that the UN’s relief agency for Palestinian refuges, UNRWA, would handle much of the money.

Abu Tharifa also repored that the Hamas delegation had welcomed a DFLP proposal to negotiate any truce with Israel as a united Palestinian front. He also called for Palestinian factions to prepare for national reconciliation talks in Cairo on 22 February.

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