Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday called on Fatah movement to forget the past, urging for Palestinian unity, Palestinian news agency said.
"I am telling Fatah to turn a new page and forget about what happened in the past and start a new Palestinian stage. I am calling for reconciliation and solutions for a positive result in the dialogue," the Hamas leader said, at an Ramadan Iftar, at his cabinet's headquarters in Gaza City
"Palestinians have no other choice; they have to sit for the dialogue," he said, referring to the recent Egyptian-mediated unity negotiations.
Hamas, the winner of 2006 parliamentary elections, seized full control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, shutting down Fatah-backed security forces.
The Hamas leader said he is opposed to holding elections before there is an agreement that reunites Gaza and the West Bank under one administrative umbrella.
He said that holding general elections in the West Bank without Gaza is a national crime, noting that the legislative elections are linked to the national council elections as stipulated by the Cairo agreement.
During a previous round of negotiations with Fatah, the factions agreed that elections should take place in January 2010.
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