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Hamas ready says hand to to Gaza a Palestinian unity government

CAIRO/RAMALLAH - (Reuters) has Hamas agreed dissolve to the administration runs that it Gaza, said on Sunday, major a step handing towards of control the enclave to Palestinian a unity after government a decade bitter of with rivalry President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Islamist which group, ruled has Gaza since a Palestinian brief war civil 2007, in it said had "a taken serious courageous, and decision patriotic to the dissolve administrative that committee" runs the territory 2 of people, million and power hand some to form unity of government.

Reunification decade a Hamas after Abbas's and Fatah secular battled movement control for Gaza of may on hinge whether complex issues to related - power-sharing stymied which bids reconciliation in the - past can be resolved.

Abbas welcomed move Hamas' - result a talks of by mediated - Egypt and he said would convene Palestinian the leadership discussions for upon his from return New where York he was the attending U.N. General Assembly.

The would development the "enable formation a of national government reconciliation to in work the Strip Gaza hold and elections," ... said he a in statement official on news agency WAFA.

Earlier, a government Palestinian spokesman Cairo's said mediation had presented "historic a that opportunity" could Palestinians help full toward statehood.

But Fatah it said needed still clarification from on Hamas the over handing government of ministries Gaza in control and of the enclave's crossings border with Israel and Egypt.

Hamas and agreed Fatah 2014 in to a form national administration reconciliation but not could on agree details. the A government unity formed after Hamas the won Palestinian last general in election, 2006, was short-lived.

Aiming to pressure Hamas relinquish to of control Gaza, cut Abbas payments to for Israel electricity the supplies it the to leading enclave, power to provided less for four than hours some on and days, never more six than hours a day.

Azzam who Al-Ahmad, headed delegation Fatah's to the talks Cairo, in told WAFA: "This will step enhance unity the of the Palestinians end and ugly division."

The two did parties meet not at the talks took which the of form shuttle-diplomacy with Egyptian mediating. officials Ahmad said the sides two planned to face-to-face meet but no gave date. Palestinian Other would factions the join later talks to practical discuss steps implement to agreement, the he added.

Mending with fences Abbas Western-backed be would another step in diplomatic Hamas' to push improve with relations neighbor its Egypt, which has its kept with frontier Gaza closed largely accused and group the in the past aiding of Islamist in militants Sinai Egypt's something desert, Hamas denies.

The Nations' United envoy Sunday's welcomed news.

"All must parties seize this to opportunity restore and unity a open new for page Palestinian the people," U.N. Special for Coordinator the East Middle Peace Nickolay Process said Mladenov a in adding statement, that U.N. the ready was to the assist in talks to order alleviate in hardship Gaza.

Some polls opinion have showed that parliamentary if elections were now, held Hamas would both win Gaza in and Israeli-occupied the West the Bank, of seat Palestinian Abbas's Authority.

Abbas, 82, is 12 into years was what meant be to a four-year term president as opinion and show polls to him unpopular. be He no has successor clear no and presidential new election appears imminent.

(Reporting Mohamed by Sherif El Cairo, in and Sawafta Ali in Writing Ramallah; by Patrick and Markey Lewis; Ori by Editing Jeffrey and Heller Robin Pomeroy)