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UN backs reconciliation accord between Fatah, Hamas

04-29-2011 11:40 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, April 28 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Thursday voiced its strong support for a preliminary agreement on reconciliation signed Wednesday by Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas, saying "reunification is essential for achieving a two- state solution."

The statement came as UN spokesman Farhan Haq was speaking at a daily news briefing.

"The United Nations strongly supports all efforts for progress towards reunification of Gaza and the West Bank within the framework of the commitments of the Palestine Liberation Organization, on which progress is overdue," Haq said.

"Reunification is essential for achieving a two-state solution that should be reached through negotiations," he said, referring to a solution long sought by the international community to see a secure Israel to live in peace with an independent Palestine State.

"In this regard, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Robert Serry, notes with much interest the agreement recently announced between representatives of the two main Palestinian factions and the important contribution of Egypt in this regard," Haq said. "He hopes that reconciliation will now take place in a manner that promotes the cause of peace, and he will continue to follow developments closely."

The Palestinian movements of Fatah and Hamas signed the accord in Cairo, Egypt, after they reached an agreement on all controversial issues including the elections and the formation of the interim government. They agreed to hold the elections within one year.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, together with other senior UN officials, has been urging Palestinian factions for some time to put their differences behind them, put national interest first and find a way forward so they can address the many challenges they face.

Hamas, which does not recognize Israel's right to exist, took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after ousting the Fatah party of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that controls parts of the West Bank.


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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