Government of national consensus in Palestine welcomed by UN chief

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The announcement of a government of national consensus for Palestinians has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

Leaders of Fatah and Hamas announced on Monday that they had agreed on forming the government to pave the way for elections of a new Palestinian president and parliament.

Fatah controls the West Bank while Hamas has been governing the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said the United Nations stands ready to fully support the newly formed government in its effort to reunite the West Bank and Gaza.

"The Secretary-General welcomes, on the basis of assurances provided both publicly and to the United Nations, the announcement on 2 June by President Mahmoud Abbas of the formation of a Government of national consensus headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. The United Nations has long underscored the need for progress towards Palestinian unity in line with existing resolutions, within the framework of the Palestinian Authority and the commitments of the Palestine Liberation Organization." (28")

Stephane Dujarric said the Secretary-General took note of the renewed assurances on Monday by President Abbas that the government would continue to abide by the commitments of recognition of Israel, non-violence and adherence to previous agreements.

He added that the Secretary-General also noted that the PLO will remain responsible for holding peace negotiations with Israel and hoped that new opportunities for progress towards a two-state solution would emerge soon.

Sophie Outwaite, United Nations

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