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PLO informs UN chief Mideast envoy 'no longer acceptable': report

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, arrives to attend a press conference at the (UNSCO) offices in Gaza City, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.
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Mladenov’s activity has 'affected Palestinian national security and the unity of Palestinian people'

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) informed the UN chief that Nickolay Mladenov has overstepped his role as Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process by pursuing negotiations with Hamas and trying to recruit aid into the Gaza Strip from other Arab countries.

PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Ahmed Majdalan said Mladenov “is no longer acceptable to the state of Palestine,” local media reported.

In recent months, there have been behind-the-scenes negotiations facilitated by Mladenov and Egyptian officials for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and a potential long-term peace arrangement.

But attempts by Egypt to negotiate a long term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas recently lost momentum, with Cairo instead turning its focus towards intra-Palestinian reconciliation.

As a result, new efforts have been made involving Qatar and other possible gulf countries, such as Saudi Arabia, in reaching a multilateral agreement that would see Hamas rein in months of violent protests in exchange of humanitarian aid.

Yesterday, Qatar pledged $150 million in aid for Gaza, a day after fuel purchased by the Gulf state arrived at the only power station in the Hamas-run enclave.

The move likely catalyzed the PLO response, Majdalan explaining that the UN Middle East envoy exceeded his capacity in “pursuing agreements between Hamas and the occupation government [of Israel].”

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It is no secret that Abbas has felt increasingly sidelined by ongoing negotiations and has said his government would only lift punitive sanctions targeting Hamas if the group agrees to cede control over the Gaza Strip.

But the concern, Majdalan explained, is that Mladenov’s activity has “affected Palestinian national security and the unity of the Palestinian people.”

PA officials have spoken out about how Israel and the United States are seeking to sow division between the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and the PA-run West Bank in order to weaken the Palestinian position in potentially negotiating a deal in the conflict, lending credence to Israel’s claim that it lacks a legitimate partner for peace.

An independent source in Gaza informed on the matter confirmed to i24NEWS that progress was being made towards “a major agreement that excludes the Palestinian Authority.”

Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel departed Cairo on Tuesday for a series of meetings with the Palestinian Authority, Israel and Jordan during which he was expected to up pressure on Abbas to cooperate with ongoing efforts to reach a long-term solution for Gaza.

Hamas welcomed the transfer of Qatari fuel Wedneday as "the first step towards easing the siege and the crises in Gaza" and said that "further steps would be taken against the Palestinian Authority."

Israel and Hamas have been brought to the brink of war on multiple occasions in past months as weekly border protests taking place each Friday since March 30 have triggered frequent clashes between the two sides.

Senior Middle East Correspondent Mohammad Al-Kassim contributed to this report.

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4 the pal no one is acceptable.

Housni Mubarak is no longer the Egyptian president His name is Assisi So pls change this old picture

Frankly, let's be serious, Abbas wants me to believe that a Russian diplomat, I mean Russian, appointed by Sergei Lavrov, under the direct orders of Mr. Vladimir Putin in the flesh, would be a servant of the United States; Ramallah does not find that she isolates herself alone? What do we do ? Are we using Martians now? They, will the Palestinians find them more impartial, credible ?!

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