Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia has joined rival faction leaders in calling for unity as leader Yasser Arafat clings to life in a Paris military hospital.
Mr. Qureia said after meeting with the leaders of major Palestinian factions Saturday that they are all committed to working together if Mr. Arafat dies.
However, the militant group Hamas said while it wants to avoid factional division, it said it also wants more decision-making powers in any post-Arafat government.
In Paris, a senior aide to Mr. Arafat said the Palestinian leader is not in a coma. He (Nabil Abu Rdainah) said Mr. Arafat is in stable condition but still in intensive care.
Friday, the Palestinian envoy to France (Leila Shahid) said the 75-year-old leader was in a coma, but said it was reversible. Health officials have not commented.