UN to study Palestinian unity deal

PressTV – Mon May 2, 2011 12:50AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Despite Israeli efforts to derail the Hamas-Fatah unity deal, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says that he would study the agreement carefully.

Intra-Palestinian reconciliation should take place in a way that promotes “peace, security and non-violence,” UN spokesman Martin Nesirky quoted Ban as saying on Sunday.

His comments came after Hamas and Fatah announced on Wednesday that they had reached an agreement to form a national unity government and hold elections within a year.

With respect to Palestinian unity, the secretary general has said that the “United Nations would study the agreement carefully once the details were available” and has taken note of Israeli concerns, the spokesman said.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in his talks with the UN chief on Saturday opposed the involvement of Hamas in any Palestinian national unity government.

Meanwhile, Israel on Sunday blocked the transfer of Palestinian tax and customs fees to the Palestinian Authority.

UN officials had been urging Palestinian factions for some time to put their differences behind them, put national interests first and find a way forward so they can tackle the many challenges that Palestinians face.

“Continued drift was not desirable for both parties,” the secretary general commented.

Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas democratically-elected Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh have agreed to resign as part of the reconciliation agreement between the two sides.

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