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Source: United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
24 April 2014

Statement by the United Nations Special Coordinator
for the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Robert Serry

On Palestinian Unity, following his meeting with President Abbas

Ramallah, 24 April 2014

During a meeting today with President Abbas, the Special Coordinator discussed recent developments, including the intra-Palestinian agreement on unity, and was assured that this agreement will be implemented under the leadership of the President and on the basis of the PLO commitments. President Abbas emphasized that these commitments include recognition of Israel, non-violence, and adherence to previous agreements. President Abbas also reiterated his continued commitment to peace negotiations and to non-violent popular protests.

The Special Coordinator confirmed the United Nations continued support for unity on this basis as the only way to reunite the West Bank and Gaza under one legitimate Palestinian Authority, welcoming this process which includes long-overdue Palestinian elections.

The Special Coordinator also underlined the importance for the parties, at this critical juncture, to refrain from measures that run counter to creating an environment for continued meaningful negotiations.


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