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RAMALLAH — The West has sought to reconcile the two leaders of the Palestinian Authority.

Western diplomats said both the European Union and the United States were urging PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to end their feud.

The diplomats said Brussels and Washington have also frustrated Abbas’ plans to dismiss Fayyad, a former official of the International Monetary Fund.

“Abbas understands that international aid to the PA is based on confidence in Fayyad,” a diplomat said.

On April 23, U.S. special envoy David Hale met Abbas in Ramallah. The meeting took place amid Fayyad’s refusal to participate in PA efforts to renew diplomatic talks with Israel.

“He [Hale] is not getting involved in internal Palestinian Authority issues,” State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland on April 23.

Diplomats said Fayyad has briefed EU and U.S. officials of his split with Abbas. They said the two men were no longer on speaking terms amid Abbas suspicions that Fayyad was acting independently.

On April 23, the London-based Al Quds Al Arabi reported that Fayyad refused to deliver a letter from Abbas to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The daily, regarded as authoritative on Palestinian issues, said Fayyad’s refusal embarrassed Abbas with the international community. “I don’t work as a postman for Abbas and Fatah,” the newspaper quoted Fayyad as saying.

The diplomats said many in the ruling Fatah movement were urging Abbas to dismiss Fayyad or reduce his powers. Fayyad also controls the Finance Ministry and approves salaries to PA security forces.

“President Abbas appointed Fayyad, and he is the only one who could fire him or keep him in power,” Palestinian Legislative Council member Najat Abu Baker, a senior Fatah member, said. (Copyright © 2012 East West Services, Inc. 04/25/12)

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