Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, held an online meeting with Nikolai Miladnov, 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, the Chairman of the Movement 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 during the last period, as Meladnov will finish his work in this position.
During the meeting, the head of the movement 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 occupation so that it does not constitute any obstacle to the electoral process and its conduct, especially in 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.
The head of the movement explained that Hamas has 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 their leadership on democratic foundations, reviewing the steps prior to issuing the decrees and the steps that must take place during the next stage. Including the issues around which national dialogues will take place in the coming days in Cairo.
The head of the movement 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 leadership institutions.
For his part, Meladnov praised Hamas’s position on holding elections, and the need to move forward in achieving this democratic choice, pointing out to some possible obstacles that must be overcome, and affirming the readiness to support all steps that would strengthen Palestinian democracy.