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UN envoy: This is the last chance to help Gaza

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolai Mladenov attends a press conference in Gaza on 25 September 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolai Mladenov, is keen to help the government in Gaza, as well as cooperate in building the electricity infrastructure in the Gaza Strip and end its crisis.

During a press conference on the current political and humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip today, Mladenov said that the government must deal with many difficult matters, especially those concerning the staff and urgent needs.

He also stressed his readiness to help the government carry out its duties in the Gaza Strip and to inform the international community of all developments.

He pointed out that there cannot be economic recovery in Gaza until the export and import of materials is permitted, noting that the UN will be in Gaza when the government returns.

“We must make sure that all the understandings between Fatah and Hamas are implemented on the ground. Egypt, the PA and everyone know that the situation in Gaza may explode at any time,” he added.

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Mladenov also stated that the matter of the employees is very complex and that they spent a lot of time discussing and searching for a solution for this issue. According to him, all parties agree that the return of the “legitimate authority” to Gaza is the solution for the crises there.

The current opportunity for reconciliation and lifting the siege imposed on Gaza is the last chance. I do not think there will be a chance later.

He went on to stress the importance of taking advantage of the historic moment of the understandings reached with Cairo.

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  • gogrrrl

    What a prat – Hamas IS the legitimate ELECTED authority, unlike the unelected Fatah. Let’s just have elections, and make sure the international community – including people who should know better such as Mladenov – RESPECT PALESTINIANS CHOICE.