Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Palestinian Unity as Elusive as Deal With Israel

Analysis by Mel Frykberg

"RAMALLAH, Mar 11 (IPS) - Intensive unity talks are under way in Cairo as five Palestinian committees, representing 13 factions and independents, face each other across a table in a bid to form a new Palestinian unity government.

But significant obstacles, differences in ideology, internal power struggles and manipulative proxy sponsors with competing geopolitical interests threaten to derail any progress.

This in turn could negatively impact on future peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, which could have a domino effect on regional stability......"

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