Fatah delegation in Cairo for unity talks

CAIRO, March 9 (Xinhua) -- A delegation of the Palestinian Fatah movement arrived here Monday to attend the inter-Palestinian national unity talks resumed last month.

The inter-Palestinian national dialogue, under the sponsorship of Egypt, is set to continue here on Tuesday.

Zakaria al-Aga, a member of the Fatah delegation and senior Fatah leader, said the atmosphere of talks is much better than before.

'Whatever the atmosphere is, we must have talks,' al-Aga told Xinhua, 'I hope and believe that we (Palestinian groups) came to Cairo and will not return without an agreement.'

On Sunday, a delegation of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, arrived here for the Egyptian-brokered talks to help reach an inter-Palestinian reconciliation.

On Feb. 26, a long-awaited Palestinian national unity dialogue opened in Cairo, during which the Palestinian groups agreed to setup five committees to work on the issues related to the inter-Palestinian reconciliation process.

The five committees are tasked to deal with the issues of forming a Palestinian national unity government, reforming the security services, holding elections, reforming the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and pushing forward the reconciliation.

Palestinian factions, including Fatah and Hamas, will start talks on March 10 in Cairo for 10 days on the five major issues to pave the way for forming a new Palestinian unity government.