Israelis, Palestinians could reach truce `soon`: Morsi

Last Updated: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 15:56

Melbourne: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has said his government has been in "vigorous" communication with both Israelis and Palestinians and there are indications that they could "soon" reach a truce, but there are no guarantees.
"There are some indications that there could be a ceasefire soon," quoted Morsi, as saying.
A senior Hamas official had earlier said his movement was reluctant to agree a truce because it doubted the terms of the ceasefire could be guaranteed.

The Palestinian Information Centre, a website close to Hamas, reported that Meshaal demanded "international guarantees" in his meeting with Egypt`s intelligence chief.

One of his demands was that Israel lift the blockade it imposed on Gaza after the Islamist movement seized the enclave in 2007.

Hamas had made a similar demand to agree a ceasefire after its December 2008-January 2009 war with Israel, but the restrictions have remained largely in place.

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First Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 15:55

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