Sunday 26 March 2023

Algeria to host meeting for Palestinian factions for reconciliation talks

But if the gaps don’t narrow first, Algiers may delay or even cancel the conference, Gaza-based analyst says.

Amid low expectations, Palestinians’ eyes have turned toward Algeria as the North African nation prepares to host six factions for talks meant to strengthen positive dialogue between the parties and search for a breakthrough in the national reconciliation effort, reported by The Media Line.


Representatives of the two largest parties, Fatah and Hamas, met with Algerian officials on Monday to prepare the way for national dialogue. Back on December 6, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune agreed with his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, to host the conference.


The invited parties are: Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC).


The initiative has been widely welcomed.


Abdel Latif al-Qanou, Hamas’ spokesperson, hailed the Algerian effort, calling it “a chance to rearrange the internal Palestinian house” and confirming to The Media Line his movement’s willingness to cooperate and end the Hamas-Fatah division.


“We seek partnership with all Palestinian components to achieve national unity based on clear and fair standards. That’s why inclusive elections, including national, presidential and legislative, must take place as a start,” Qanou said.


Political analyst Hussam al-Dajani told The Media Line that it is not impossible that Algeria will be able to set things right but, he added, the reality is difficult and complicated.


“Many efforts by different actors, such as Cairo, Doha, Senegal, Moscow and others, have failed in the past to end the rift between the two rival movements. Algeria can face the same failure if the political will of all parties continues to be lacking,” Dajani said.


“Inviting Palestinian factions separately and discussing their various views reflects the Algerians’ insightful strategy and vision,” he said. “In my estimation, if the gap between the rivals remains huge and no significant convergence in discussions appears, then the Algerian leadership will probably delay the whole dialogue or even cancel it entirely.”

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