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27 February 2006
UNITED NATIONS INFORMATION SERVICE
BILINGUAL TRANSCRIPT OF THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN’S STAKEOUT
AT THE PALAIS DES NATIONS ON 27 FEBRUARY
Following is the bilingual transcript of the remarks by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a stakeout at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 27 February after hosting a mini-summit between President El-Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.
Secretary-General, today the European Union has approved money for the Palestinian Authority. What is your recommendation to other donors, and what are your hopes for the new Palestinian Government, namely that Hamas is the majority in the Government?
The Quartet envoy, Mr. Jim Wolfensohn, is working very hard to ensure that we receive enough money to support the Palestinian Authority. I just came from Doha last night and in my contacts in the region, I also encouraged the governments to make financial resources available to the Palestinian Authority. Of course, with Hamas, there are three requirements that the Quartet has made: that they should transform themselves into a political party, they should honour the commitments undertaken by the Palestinian Authority, including Oslo and the
, and they should denounce the use of force. Obviously, we did not expect them to do it in day one, but you have three months of transition period which I think was fortuitous, because I think Hamas, I suspect, was as surprised as many people that they won, and won so massively, and they needed a bit of time also to organize themselves to govern. But the fact that they are being asked to transform themselves into a political party should not surprise anyone. History is replete with armed movements that have transformed themselves into political parties and are governing democratic countries today. Hamas should aim to join those groups of movements which have gone through that transformation. They won the elections, and we have to respect the choice of the Palestinian people.
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