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Hamas offers Israel year-long truce

Hamas officials in Cairo proposed today a year-long truce with Israel and an opening of the crossings into the Gaza Strip, in the latest round of diplomatic meetings to build on a fragile cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

world Updated: Jan 26, 2009 16:13 IST

Hamas officials in Cairo proposed on on Monday a year-long truce with Israel and an opening of the crossings into the Gaza Strip, in the latest round of diplomatic meetings to build on a fragile cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas official Ayman Taha told reporters in Cairo that the Egyptians on an Israeli proposal for a year-and-a-half long truce with only partial opening of the border, which they rejected, briefed his delegation.

Instead, Taha says the group made a counter offer of a year with open borders, which they now must discuss with their leadership in Damascus.

"We will study the matter again and it will be brought back to the Egyptians," he told MENA, the official Egyptian news agency, without elaborating on the other provisions of the possible deal.

Hamas has said in the past that it will only maintain a truce if Israel ends its blockade of the Gaza Strip and opens the crossings.

Israel's top negotiator on Gaza, Amos Gilad, was also in Cairo on Thursday for talks.

Israel and Hamas are engaged in indirect talks to build on a fragile cease-fire in the Gaza Strip after a 22-day Israeli assault to end Hamas rocket fire, which killed some 1,300 Palestinians.

The Hamas discussions with Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman included the nature and length of the truce, a system to monitor the border crossings and how reconstruction would be carried out, said Taha.