The United Nations Middle East peace envoy Nikolay Mladenov warned that any new war between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip will be devastating and cruel and will force donor countries which contribute to the reconstruction process to reconsider their financial support for the enclave's residents.
At a press conference in Gaza City yesterday, Mladenov stressing that the United Nations will do everything possible to prevent the deterioration of the security situation, calling for "a series of measures like preventing missile attacks to preserve the state of calm".
The UN official said the process of lifting the Israeli siege must be carried out in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority after it extends its control over the enclave, mainly border crossings, noting that the United Nations will continue to support the Palestinian Authority to be able to restore the unity between the West Bank and Gaza.
Mladenov also stressed on the importance of completing the Palestinian reconciliation and the reunification of the institutions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and activating the work of the PLO National Council, adding that the international community will continue to work with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to hold new elections.
The UN envoy pointed out that the process to bring life to the Gaza Strip is still very far away in light of the current problems and the great pressure experienced by the enclave's population, especially the great devastation that befell them during the Israeli war last summer.
He said that considerable progress has been achieved in the reconstruction process during the past two months.
The UN envoy stressed that the closure of the Rafah crossing has contributed to poor conditions, and to prevent freedom of movement in light of the deteriorating security situation in the Sinai Peninsula, stressing on the need for Israel to assume its responsibilities towards Gaza residents.