UN reiterates commitment to peace process despite Palestinian Prime Minister’s resignation

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Prime Minister Salam Fayyad at a press briefing in September 2009. UN Photo/Sophia Paris

The United Nations has reiterated its commitment to the peace process in the Middle East following the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

That's what Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, says in a statement issued on Monday following a meeting with Prime Minister Fayyad.

Mr. Serry says he expressed on behalf of the United Nations, appreciation for the Prime Minister's achievements.

The UN official says that Prime Minister Fayyad has not only been an interlocutor he, Mr. Serry, holds in the highest esteem, but also a valuable partner for the international community, including the United Nations.

He adds that the United Nations recognizes that Prime Minister Fayyad had to contend with circumstances that kept constraining the success of the statebuilding agenda he led together with President Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr. Serry says the UN "remains committed to working with its Palestinian partners, under the leadership of President Abbas, towards development, state-building and to achieve the long-overdue negotiated two-state solution."

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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