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Leaders in Palestine Attempt to Craft Unity Government

An article in the New York Times today has reported that talks between Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas of the Fatah faction and Ismail Haniya of the Hamas faction have failed to resolve differing opinions over a possible united government in the country. The two leaders met on Sunday, and expressed disagreement on issues such as posts within the government, and representation of factions considered terorristic by the United States. The Mecca Agreement was signed February 8th, which paved the way for a unity government, but the two officials have disagreed on many suggestions. Officials believe establishing such a unity government would bring the nation closer to meeting requirements for direct aid from the four negatiating partner countries, the United States, The European Union, The United Nations, and Russia.

This is a long, detailed article focusing on political matters in a foreign country, and how they tie in to the country's future. The past government of the country has recently been removed and it is now at a key crossroads where its future will be decided. It has a news value of something that affects lot of people and should be reported on, and its lead mostly deals with the need to figure out how to resolve the details of the government within a specific period of time. The primary event is the disagreements between the two, and so the history of the attempts at establishing a govenment needs to be expounded upon, and it is, and quotes from people among the two factions are given to establish why the unity government is needed and should be considered.

An Associated Press article about the issue ran in The Guardian today, and it discusses some of the key disagreements between the two sides again and puts more of a focus on the restoration of aid to Palestine than the previous article. Stances from the four groups who may restore aid regarding the state of Palestine are given, with a lot of the focus being on the European Union who believe it is too early to tell if they will resume aid. The Mecca Agreement is again mentioned, with the U.S. stance that it is not successful enough to meet demands.

Between the two articles, there are some key points that one addresses and the other does not, and I prefer the New York Times article between the two becausei t's longer and just seems to focus more on the issues leading up to a unity government. The Associated Press article's slant is more about the countries approving aid to Palestine, and that's important but I think the New York Times article addressed it enough and concentrated on other areas that exceed it in importance.