EU hails Fatah-Hamas deal, says peace talks priority

Michael Mann, spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The European Union welcomed Thursday the unity accord between Fatah and Hamas but said the priority remains peace talks with Israel.

“The EU’s top priority is that the current talks continue beyond April 29,” said a spokesman for EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton, referring to the deadline for a US-led effort to broker a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal.

“The EU has consistently called for intra-Palestinian reconciliation behind” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, spokesman Michael Mann said in a statement.

Such an understanding was “an important element for the unity of a future Palestinian state and for reaching a two-state solution [with Israel],” Mann added…