Monday, 15 December 2014

Hamas leader: Too soon to discuss prisoner swap


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouq says it's still early to talk about a prisoner exchange deal with Israel, and Hamas will not consider one until Israel implements a ceasefire deal.

Abu Marzouq told Ma'an TV in an interview airing Monday that reconciliation with Fatah depended on a decision from President Mahmoud Abbas and the will to "immediately implement it" when he says to do so.

The official also said that a unified political decision is needed to set the date and mechanism for Palestinian elections, adding that the Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah's unity government is the "only choice."

Abu Marzouq added that Hamas still remains strong in the West Bank, and that it had the support of Palestinians. more

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