Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the meeting of the Central Council of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 26, 2014. President Abbas announced on Saturday that the unity government, which will be formed within five weeks, will adopt his strategy of recognizing Israel and condemning violence. (Xinhua/Fadi Arouri)
RAMALLAH, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that the unity government, which will be formed within five weeks, will adopt his strategy of recognizing Israel and condemning violence.
Abbas made the announcement in the meeting of the Central Council of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) held in Ramallah for two days to discuss the future of the political process and the reconciliation with Hamas.
On Wednesday, a senior PLO delegation signed in Gaza an agreement with Islamic Hamas movement leaders on implementing internal reconciliation agreements reached between Hamas and Fatah in 2011 and 2012.
According to the agreement, the two sides agreed to form a technocrat unity government within five weeks and set a date for holding general elections right after the six-month transitional government is sworn in.
Abbas told the meeting that he will start his contacts and consultations on forming the new government that ends more than seven years of internal division within the coming few days.
"The reconciliation agreement signed with Hamas is based on two major points: forming a technocrat independent government and setting a date for holding elections," said Abbas.
He stressed the necessity of holding the presidential and legislative elections as well as the elections for the PLO National Council (PNC).
RAMALLAH, April 26 (Xinhua) -- The Central Council of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) convened on Saturday to discuss the fate of the Middle East peace process and the internal reconciliation with Hamas.
The 124-member PLO council, or the mini-PLO parliament, which is the second highest Palestinian political body after the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the PLO parliament in exile, is convening in Ramallah for two days. Full story
JERUSALEM, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Israel's chief negotiator Tzipi Livni said on Thursday that the door was not closed on the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians after the former claimed to suspend the talks, local media reported.
"We are not closing the door on the talks. The cabinet did not decide on unilaterally withdrawing from the negotiations table but rather to suspend and re-examine them," Livni said. Full story
WASHINGTON, April 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sees the current stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as "a holding period", which requires both sides to figure out their next moves, the State Department said Friday.
"His view is this is a moment of transition and part of the process. We're in a holding period where parties need to figure out what is next," spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said at a regular news briefing. Full story