CAIRO: Palestinian and Israeli delegations agreed Tuesday to maintain a long-term cease-fire agreement that was announced and brokered by Egypt Aug. 26, said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty Tuesday evening.
“The two sides affirmed they would abide by the truce and submitted their agenda proposals to discuss the outstanding issues and the indirect negotiations will be resumed during the second half of October in Cairo,” Atty said.
Rumors spread Tuesday that the Palestinian delegation would withdraw from the talks over Israel’s killing of two Palestinian men who were suspected in the murder of three Israeli settlers. A Palestine official from the embassy in Cairo denied such claims in remarks to The Cairo Post.
The Israeli Army announced Tuesday it had shot dead the two men; “Overnight, Amer Abu Aisha & Marwan Qawame – murderers of #EyalGiladNaftali – were killed in exchange of fire with IDF forces,” stated the Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson’s Twitter account.
The Inter-Palestine talks brokered by Egypt will be resumed today in Cairo, said Hamas representative in the dialogue Moussa Abu Marzouk said Wednesday morning.
” The most important thing the dialogue needs: good intentions, mutual trust, national responsibility, avoiding generalities and ambiguous, a commitment to what has been agreed upon, and reach party should correctly read the other one,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
In the talks, Azam al-Ahmad represents Fatah and Khaled el-Batsh is the Islamic Jihad envoy, MENA reported Monday.
Hamas and Fatah reached a reconciliation agreement on a unity government in April, but differences reemerged between the two after the announcement of a month-long cease-fire agreement that followed a two-month war with Israel.
The war killed around 2,083 Palestinians, including 561 children and 475 women, and injured more than 10,482, including 3,189 children, according to a Palestinian Health Ministry report released Aug. 21. Meanwhile, 68 Israelis, 64 of whom were soldiers, were killed according to Israeli media reports.