The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has welcomed Yemeni and South African initiatives for Palestinian reconciliation. A senior spokesman for Hamas, Ismail Radwan, told the media, "The Yemeni and South African initiatives reflect those countries' concerns for the Palestinian issue and the restoration of national unity." He said that his movement is keen on reconciliation and unity based on Palestinian fundamentals and a complete political and security partnership.
"Despite Fatah's postponement of the reconciliation meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday in Damascus, we are keen on overcoming any problem and agreeing on a new appointment for achieving reconciliation and ending the division," Mr. Radwan added.
Palestinian sources revealed that the Yemeni president, Ali Abdallah Saleh, had offered to host the next dialogue session between Hamas and Fatah to reach an agreement on the security dilemma so as to facilitate reconciliation.
The former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee in South Africa, Alexander Boraine, is visiting Ramallah and has announced the launch of a number of steps to share with the Palestinian factions, especially Hamas and Fatah, his country's experience in ending apartheid.