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The Palestinian movement of Hamas said it made a decision to dissolve its administrative committee and expressed readiness to launch talks with the Fatah movement, Hamas said in a statement.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is preparing for his meetings and speeches in NY but meanwhile, Hamas is presenting him with another reconciliation challenge supported by Cairo.

The statement called on Palestinian government ministers in Ramallah to come to Gaza and fully assume their roles, however, the PA still has not responded to the statement, as Palestinian president is about to leave to NY for the United Nations General Assembly session, where he will meet U.S president, Donald Trump.

The Hamas movement, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, announced on Sunday that it was ready to hand over the territory to the consensus government of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas.

Fatah is commending today (Sunday) Hamas's plan to hold an election in an attempt to reach an internal Palestinian reconciliation. 'If this is Hamas statement, then this is a positive sign, ' he told Reuters.

Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman in Gaza said in an emailed press statement that Hamas has positively responded to the big Egyptian efforts, which were exerted to achieve reconciliation and ending more than 10 years of internal Palestinian division.

Efforts to resolve a decade-old schism between the two main Palestinian factions appears to be coming closer to fruition, after Egyptian mediators succeeded in convincing the Islamist Hamas group, which controls Gaza to agree to dissolve its Gaza Administrative Committee that governs the territory sandwiched between Egypt and Israel.

Fatah Vice Chairman Mahmoud al-Aloul welcomed Hamas's announcement, but said his party would first like to confirm its veracity.

Hamas would like Abbas to lift the various punitive measures he has taken against Hamas in Gaza over the past four to five months including cuts to budgets allocated to Gaza for electricity, medical services, salaries and other purposes.

Still, it's not clear whether Hamas will brush away a formidable obstacle to reconciliation by putting its security forces under Abbas's control.

The conflict between Hamas and Fatah escalated in 2007, leading to a split and Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip.

"Hamas wants to improve the situation in Gaza, but it doesn't want to give up control of it", Bjorn said.


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