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28 January 2006
Statement on the results of the elections in Palestine
We welcome the holding of free and fair elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council which have strengthened the democratic process in Palestine. The wide and enthusiastic participation of the Palestinian people in these elections and the peaceful nature of the polling are most encouraging. We are closely following the developments regarding the formation of the next Government of the Palestinian Authority. We hope that the new Government representing the will of the Palestinian people will continue to pursue the path of peaceful negotiations, leading to the establishment of a viable, united and sovereign State of Palestine living in peaceful coexistence with the State of Israel.
January 28, 2006