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Source: France
9 February 2007

Inter-Palestinian agreement on the formation of a government of national unity

"I welcome the inter-Palestinian agreement signed yesterday in Mecca on the formation of a government of national unity. I pay tribute to the crucial role played by King of Saudi Arabia in facilitating the successful conclusion of the negotiations.

After several weeks of murderous clashes between Palestinian factions, this agreement offers all Palestinians an opportunity to overcome their divisions and come together behind a government of national unity. The inclusion in this government’s programme of observance of the international resolutions and agreements concluded by the PLO is a step in the right direction, towards full compliance with the international community’s demands which we are committed to, in particular the recognition of Israel.

Under these conditions, we consider that the international community must encourage and support the formation of the new government on the basis of this programme to pave the way for new relations of cooperation and reactivating the peace process."

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