Thursday, July 30
Latest News
  1. White House: Report of Mullah Omar death 'credible'
  2. Federal Reserve holds key rate unchanged
  3. Kuwait's Zain telecom Q2 profit dives over Arab unrest
  4. IS car bomb kills 4 near mosque in Yemen capital
  5. Pentagon assures it will check Iran's 'malign' influence
  6. Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead
  7. Legal source: Egyptian electrocuted trying to sneak onto Eurostar:
  8. Yemen to merge 'resistance' fighters with army
  9. UN envoy invites Syrians to parallel, thematic talks
  10. Turkey gives formal approval to US to use air base for anti-IS raids
  11. Car bombing near hospital in Yemen capital
  12. Turkey pounds PKK as parliament meets in emergency session
  13. Yemen to merge 'resistance' fighters with army
  14. Study finds promising experimental MERS vaccine
  15. France seeks to warm up Iran ties with Rouhani invite
  16. Iran's Zarif has 'no concern' about nuclear deal
  17. NATO vows solidarity with Turkey over Islamic State
  18. Afghanistan investigating reports of Taliban leader's death
  19. Israel PM approves 300 settler homes in occupied West Bank
  20. Israeli strike on Syrian town kills 5 pro-regime forces

UN, EU back Palestinian unity government

June 3, 2014 4:54 P.M. (Updated: June 27, 2014 11:14 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The European Union and United Nations on Tuesday offered public backing for the Palestinian unity government sworn in a day earlier in Ramallah.

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, said during a meeting with PM Rami Hamdallah that the UN backs the unity government and hopes it will meet the needs of Palestinians in the West Bank Gaza and East Jerusalem.

Hamdallah assured Serry that the government would commit to all previous agreements signed by the PLO.

The office of the EU High Representative said in a statement that the government was an "important step in the process of Palestinian reconciliation."

"We welcome the appointment of a government of independent personalities and the declaration by President Abbas that this new government is committed to the principle of the two state solution based on the 1967 borders, to the recognition of Israel's legitimate right to exist, to non-violence and to the respect of previous agreements."

The EU's engagement with the new government will be dependent on whether it adheres to these principles, the statement added.

British Foreign Minister William Hague also welcomed the unity government, saying that "reuniting Gaza and the West Bank under a government committed to peace is a necessary condition for resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict."

The United States publicly offered its backing for the government several hours after it was sworn in.

"At this point, it appears that president Abbas has formed an interim technocratic government that does not include ministers affiliated with Hamas," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

Israel on Monday admitted it was "deeply disappointed" after Washington threw its support behind the new Palestinian government.

To add to the embarrassment, Netanyahu told the security cabinet on Sunday that Kerry had promised Israel that Washington would not immediately recognize the new government, Haaretz reported, quoting two ministers present at the meeting.

Peace talks collapsed in April after Israel refused to release a final group of veteran Palestinian prisoners.

During the course of negotiations, the Israeli government announced plans for thousands of illegal settler homes, killed over 60 Palestinians, and demolished a total of 508 Palestinian structures, 312 of which were homes.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015