UN chief welcomes Palestinian deal

Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:18AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Despite Israeli efforts for denunciation of Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the unity deal.

“The secretary general welcomes efforts being made to promote Palestinian reconciliation and the important contribution of Egypt in this regard,” UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement on Friday.

“He hopes that reconciliation will now take place in a manner that promotes the cause of peace, security and non-violence,” the spokesperson added.

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal will meet Fatah leader and acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on May 4 to sign the Egyptian-brokered deal.

The Palestinian movements, which have been at odds since Hamas came to power in 2006, reached an initial agreement on all controversial issues, including the elections and the formation of the interim unity government.

They have also agreed to hold the elections within one year.

“The United Nations will study carefully the agreement as soon as the details are available,” Nesirky noted.

The agreement, however, has sparked an outrage among Israeli officials, who have threatened the Palestinian Authority with retaliatory measures if the deal is signed.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton recently that Israel expects the EU to adopt a cautious approach in respect to the Fatah-Hamas agreement.

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