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President Abbas meets with UN Representative to discuss Gaza crisis

July 2, 2018 2:59 P.M. (Updated: July 5, 2018 11:25 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov at the Presidency headquarters in Ramallah City on Sunday, to discuss the current situation in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip.

During the meeting, President Abbas stressed the UN's important role in providing protection for the Palestinian people and the necessity of continuing to provide services to the Palestinian refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Abbas said that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is persistently working to reinstate national Palestinian unity and to end Palestinian division by enabling the reconciliation government to carry out its missions in the Gaza Strip.

Mladenov confirmed that the meeting with President Abbas was part of the ongoing meetings with the PA, Israel, Egypt, and all other relevant parties to show that the UN fully supports ending the division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

He added that the UN also supports the PA’s efforts to assume its responsibilities and undertake full leadership in Gaza and to support

Mladenov proposed providing Gaza with fuel to run its power plant to bring back much needed electric power, since Gaza residents receive electricity only for four hours a day, as well as creating a sea route between the Gaza Strip and Cyprus, which would be supervised by Israel.

Mladenov fully supports the permanent opening of Gaza borders with Egypt and Israel to allow import of supplies such as food, water, and medicine to Gaza. He also proposed ideas to President Abbas regarding Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and the necessity to find an economic and political solution for Gaza.

President Abbas and the PA accuse Israel and the US administration of viewing the Gaza conflict as a humanitarian issue instead of a political one. He added that it is necessary to find an economic solution for both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and eventually end the Palestinian struggle for independence.

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