UN chief welcomes Palestinian deal

May 1, 2011 - 0:0

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, Press TV reported.
“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.
Meanwhile, a senior Hamas official dismissed as “baseless” allegations published by a London-based Al-Hayat newspaper that Hamas is contemplating to move its offices from Damascus to Qatar due to the recent unrest in Syria.
Ezzat Al-Resheq, a member of the Hamas political bureau, said that Hamas is still working in Damascus, affirming that “there is no change in our position in Damascus,” Xinhua reported
Earlier in the day, al-Hayat newspaper said that Hamas had decided to leave Syria and that Qatar has approved to host the movement after Egypt and Jordan refused to do.
Syria hosts 11 Palestinians opposition groups and is also home to 500,000 Palestinian refugees.