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Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan welcome unity deal
Published Thursday 24/04/2014 (updated) 26/04/2014 20:07
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Azzam Al-Ahmed (L), a senior Fatah official and head of the Hamas
government Ismail Haniyeh (C) and deputy speaker of Palestinian
Parliament Ahmed Bahar attend a meeting in Gaza City April 22, 2014.
(Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Former US president Jimmy Carter and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday welcomed the reconciliation agreement signed a day earlier between Hamas and the PLO.

"Palestinian reconciliation should not be seen as undermining prospects for a negotiated two-state solution," Kofi Annan said in a statement released by The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace.

"On the contrary, any lasting peace with Israel will have to be predicated on a peace agreement with a unified and democratic Palestinian government exercising its authority in both the West Bank and Gaza."

Jimmy Carter commended the Palestinian factions for securing the agreement and urged all parties to implement it swiftly.

"Any remaining differences must be resolved peacefully. When the Palestinians elect a new leadership – provided the elections are conducted in accordance with international standards – I strongly urge the international community to respect the democratic choices of the Palestinian people," he added.

The Elders said in a statement that the rift between Hamas and Fatah made peace between Palestinians and Israelis less viable.

Israel and the United States both criticized the unity deal, saying that it threatens the peace process.
1 ) Mel / USA
24/04/2014 16:43
Bravo gentlemen!The world knows USG/Israel's faux"peace talks"have been nothing but a cover for unilateral violent-colonial expansion & increase of segregation,perscution of,& land theft from,indigenous pluralistic Palestinians.We KNOW 'white-supremacist'colonialism already,here in the America's,Africa,India,Australiasia.It's violent,racist,bigotted & Zionism perpetuates it,to the detriment of Israel,as well as beautiful,historical, Palestine which means SO much,to BILLIONS of people worldwide.

2 ) m / m
24/04/2014 17:25
"Threatens the Peace Process" - Hamas is considered a Terrorist Organization by the United States and as such could never receive any moneys from the US Tax Payer. Abbas just lost his main cash cow to pad his bank account.

3 ) AKeenReader / UK
24/04/2014 17:45
Seems that both Israel & US are hypocrites considering that US started talks with the Taliban even though they are on their terror list. Why did the UK make peace with the IRA who were considered as terrorists. How come Martin Mc.Guiness Deputy First Minister of N.Ireland recently met the British Queen at state banquet given in the honour of Irish President visit to the UK. Why does US pursue double standards. May be that fatah/ hamas unity is in Palestinian interest.

4 ) Carlos / usa
24/04/2014 18:53
I always said Jimmy Carter was the best president since Franklin Delanor Roosevelt. Kofi Anon is a great guy too. You will now hear from the israeli propoganda machine claiming all sorts of ridiculous things. Hopefully the BDS movement will add support and the combination will stop israels ethnic cleansing and rejection of peace and equal rights of Palestinians.

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
24/04/2014 19:02
Y'all remember that Jimmy Carter supports Israel keeping some settlements. Y'all know life is gonna get more complicated, not less, now that Fatah is chummying uip with known terrorists. Yessiree, no matta what y'all think they be terrorists.

6 ) JoeFattal / USA
24/04/2014 21:33
While Israelis saying that the unity is threaten the peace process Israel is accomplishing what they good for is to create a legend among the people Jews and Palestinians alike worldwide. If it wasn't for the Jews, Jesus wouldn't be remember as the Son of God and worship as such. Arafat wouldn't have been a legend for his work for peace. And lately President Abbas will recieve such an honor for his work for the Palestinian people and around the world. At least Israel is good for something.

7 ) Outlier / USA
24/04/2014 23:43
Beware of early assessments. Both men may well regret their current enthusiasm.

8 ) Maureen / Australia
25/04/2014 00:22
#2 The US taxpayers are "cash cows" for terrorist Zionist Israel! Israel is 'milking' America dry!

9 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
25/04/2014 18:29
3) AKeenReader/UK, Netanyahu is a hypocrite. He had no problem with doing some serious negotiating with Hamas in order to obtain the release of soldier Shalit in return for the freedom of more than 1000 Palestinian prisoners. He also negotiated a cease-fire with Hamas, that concluded the hostilities in 2012. An Israeli government serious about peace negotiations would use the present reconciliation agreement to step them up. Netanyahu uses it to wriggle out of any meaningful peace talks.

10 ) Michael / USA
25/04/2014 21:19
It will now be the responsibility of Arab league, EU and the international community to step in and support this move of a unified PA Gov now that they are throwing the bridle of Zionist/ US false hopes.

11 ) juan / phil
26/04/2014 14:24
independence of palestine is nearer as a result of unity. settlements are going as history

12 ) Robert H. Stiver / USA
26/04/2014 20:24
I'm a little discomfited that President Carter feels it necessary to qualify his assent to this good news by citing the necessity of "elections...conducted in accordance with international standards." After all, in 2006 President Carter observed the Palestinian elections and pronounced them to have been impeccably well conducted. It was my US and terror-state Israel that immediately put a spanner in the works; among other things, the Zionists arrested some 40 duly elected Hamas legislators.
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