Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas begin unity talks in Cairo

Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas begin unity talks in Cairo

Fatah spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi told Al Arabiya that they baseline issues were aimed at "enabling Palestinian national reconciliation" efforts.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Azzam al-Ahmad (C) of the mainstream Fatah movement walks to a meeting with a Hamas delegation at a hotel in Cairo following reconciliation talks on September 24, 2014 in the Egyptian capital.

The Cairo talks will also address general elections, the judiciary, security and Palestinian Liberation Organization.

He said that the case of the border crossings has been "resolved" and practical steps should be immediately taken on the ground, whether on the Israeli or Egyptian side.

According to the Asharq al-Awsat report, in this first round of negotiations, Hamas is aiming to reverse some of the measures enacted by the PA through the reduced funding, including those affecting thousands of Gaza government employees who had their salaries slashed or were fired.

Meanwhile, the office of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said Haniyeh received a phone call from the head of Hamas delegation to the dialogue Saleh Arouri, saying that the dialogue "is so far positive". He stressed that the decision of peace and war and the form of resistance to which everyone is committed is a national decision rather than a sectarian one.

An emailed statement, issued after ten hours of dialogue held at the Egyptian Security Intelligence Headquarters in Cairo between the leaders of the two rival groups, said the dialogue was dominated by a positive atmosphere.

The Islamists of Hamas and the West Bank-based Fatah movement of Abbas have been at odds since they fought a near civil war in 2007.

The talks were made possible after Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, dissolved the administrative committee it had established to run Gaza affairs.

The deal, brokered by Egypt, follows a cabinet meeting in Gaza last week, marking the return to work of the unity government.

Now mediators in Egypt are engaged in yet another attempt to facilitate true power sharing between the two in Gaza and the West Bank.