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Abbas vows to keep peace in Gaza 'this year and the next'

Oct. 16, 2014 10:42 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 18, 2014 5:14 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority intends to prevent any exchange of fire in Gaza "this year and the next" in order to encourage donors to support the rebuilding of Gaza.

Abbas told a group of Palestinian businessmen at the Presidency headquarters in Ramallah on Thursday that donors, mainly the United States, had concerns over the durability of the August ceasefire that ended a more than 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza.

"We told them we are responsible for the ceasefire," he said, adding that he was responding to questions by US Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the ceasefire.

"I told him I am not a psychic, but during this year and next year there won't be any type of clashes."

"We informed the whole world that the government will take charge of the issue of aid and no one else," he added, "and it will send them to the correct addresses."

Abbas explained that the crossings in and out of Gaza will be under PA control, and that the PA is currently following up with the United Nations to ascertain the mechanism of their operations.

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