Hamdallah Discusses Latest Political Development with UN Middle East Coordinator

RAMALLAH, April 15, 2015 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Saturday met with newly- appointed United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, where they discussed the latest political developments, including the reconstruction process of the war-battered Gaza Strip.

During a meeting in Ramallah, Hamdallah highlighted the Palestinian government’s current priorities of speeding the slow-paced reconstruction process of the strip, and efforts exerted toward the complete lifting of the Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza since 2006.

The premier briefed the UN official on all efforts undertaken to mobilize the necessary Arab financial support needed for the reconstruction of the strip, including efforts exerted toward the reunification of the West Bank and Gaza.

Hamdallah further affirmed the Palestinian leaderships’ commitment to the two-state solution, which he considered as the only way to end the Israeli occupation and promote peace in the region.

He stressed the need for the international community to support the two-state solution and to take an active role toward that goal and toward the establishment of a Palestinian statehood within the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

To be noted, Gaza still suffers from the repercussions of the Israeli aggression which took place in the summer of 2014; the infrastructure along with thousands of homes were completely destroyed, displacing thousands of families who up until the moment live in caravans on the rubble of their homes.

Meanwhile, a joint statement from some 30 international aid agencies stated that, “Reconstruction and repairs to the tens of thousands of homes, hospitals, and schools damaged or destroyed in the fighting has been woefully slow.”

The statement said that, “Since July, the situation has deteriorated dramatically. Approximately 100,000 Palestinians remain displaced this winter, living in dire conditions in schools and makeshift shelters not designed for long-term stay.”

The center reported on the agencies stating that “the international community is not providing Gaza with adequate assistance. “Little of the $5.4 billion pledged in Cairo has reached Gaza. Cash assistance to families who lost everything has been suspended and other crucial aid is unavailable due to lack of funds.”