Days of Palestine - Gaza
Hamas Cheif, Mr. Ismail Haniyeh held an online meeting with Mr. Nikolai Miladnov, the Special Coordinator of the United Nations Secretary-General in the Middle East, during which there was an extensive discussion about the course of the Palestinian elections.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Haniyeh expressed his thanks and appreciation for the role that Mr. Miladnov played throughout his tenure as Special Coordinator for the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Middle East throughout the past period, as Mr. Meladnov will end his work in this position.
During the meeting, Mr. Haniyeh stressed the important role of the United Nations and the international community in the upcoming Palestinian elections file, especially in ensuring the integrity of procedures, arrangements, and freedom of voting, and pressuring the Israeli occupation so that it does not constitute an obstacle to the electoral process and its conduct, especially in the occupied city of Jerusalem, stressing the need to recognize the election results whether related to the institutions of the authority or the organization, and the consequent formation of a government and executive committees, and not to repeat the 2006 mistake that led to the division in the Palestinian arena.
Mr. Haniyeh explained that Hamas made great efforts to reach this moment, which led to the issuance of presidential decrees on the dates of the legislative and presidential elections and the National Council so that the people would say their word in choosing its leadership on democratic grounds, reviewing the steps prior to issuing the decrees and the steps that must be taken during the next stage including the issues around which national dialogues will take place in the coming days in Cairo.
Mr. Haniyeh affirmed that Hamas sees the elections as an entry point for arranging the internal Palestinian home, ending the division, strengthening the principle of partnership, and protecting the national project, which is going through great challenges, and the re-engagement of our people abroad in the leading institutions.
For his part, Mr. Meladnov praised Hamas’s position on holding elections and the need to move forward in achieving this democratic option, pointing to some possible obstacles that must be overcome, and affirming readiness to support all steps that would enhance Palestinian democracy.