Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti on Wednesday called on Palestinian factions, mainly rival Fatah and Hamas movements, to end their political rift and achieve reconciliation as soon as possible.
Barghouti told the Bethlehem-based Maan news agency on the anniversary of his seven years in custody that it's necessary to end the political and geographical rift between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and the Fatah-dominated West Bank.
In mid-June 2007, Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip by force and routed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah's security forces. The West Bank remained under the rule of Abbas.
Egypt has been mediating between the two movements to end their rift and disputes and form a government that unifies the two territories.
So far, leaders of the two movements had failed to overcome their differences, mainly the issue of forming a unity government with a political platform adhered to the international commitments.
"Their failure to reach a comprehensive reconciliation agreement is not understandable, it makes me sad and upset. The document of national accordance is the best to implement to end the rift," said Barghouti.
Barghouti had received a life sentence by an Israeli military court seven years ago after being arrested during the large-scale Israeli operation "Defensive Shield" carried out in the West Bank.
"A reconciliation is needed and reforming Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is needed too, we reject to create an alternative to it," said Barghouti, adding he hoped to be released soon.