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Ensure plight of Palestinians: United Nations to Palestinian authority

United Nations, March 31, 2006: A senior United Nations official has asked the Palestinian Authority and the new Israeli government to ensure that the plight of Palestinians does not deteriorate despite the serious differences between them.

"Despite the gulf between the parties, they and the international community share a common interest and duty to prevent a security or humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory," said Tuliameni Kalomoh, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

While acknowledging Israel's security concerns, he told the Security Council during a briefing on the Middle East yesterday that "the extended closure of Gaza has caused real hardship." He said the government should reassess its position if the aspirations of the Palestinian people for peace and statehood are to enjoy the strong international support.

On the Israeli elections earlier this week, he said that it remained to be seen whether "Israel will adhere to its stated policy that the entire Palestinian Authority, including the Presidency, has become a terrorist entity." That policy had recently been cited to justify a freeze on Palesti nian tax revenues, he said.

As the formation of a new Israeli government is awaited, the recently expressed interest of both Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas in negotiations should be seriously explored, he added.

Source: New Kerala.com

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