Gaza , ALRAY - Reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would continue despite a new flare-up of tensions between the long-time rivals, Moussa Abu Marzouk, member of Hamas political bureau told The Associated Press.
"There are problems, (but) it's not a crisis," Abu Marzouk said. "The reconciliation is ahead of us and the split is behind us. We are heading this way because reconciliation is the choice of our people. We have taken real steps and will continue."
Abu Marzouk came to Gaza from Egypt in April for reconciliation talks and said he now plans to move to Gaza permanently. "With God's help, I intend to stay," said the 63 year old, who was born in Gaza's Rafah refugee camp but spent his adult life in exile.
Under terms of a deal signed on April 23, the main Palestinian rivals, Fatah and Hamas, agreed to establish a unity cabinet that would organize long-delayed elections.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government after overcoming a last-minute dispute with the Hamas.