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Palestinian Unity Government: EU should find ways to cooperate. Egmont Security Policy Brief No. 25, May 2011

Casalin, Deborah and Herremans, Brigitte. (2011) Palestinian Unity Government: EU should find ways to cooperate. Egmont Security Policy Brief No. 25, May 2011. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    Hamas and Fatah, along with other Palestinian factions and parties, signed a unity agreement on the 27th of April, with the aim of ending a four-year-long political division of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The announcement of the deal came as a surprise as the reconciliation efforts stalled mid-2009, when Hamas refused to sign an agreement brokered by Egypt. The agreement, involving 13 Palestinian factions and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), is a result of popular pressure and a first step to restore the democratic deficit in the oPt. It also presents the international community with a new opportunity to change the status quo. Delivery of development aid to the Gaza Strip could become far less constrained. Dealing with a technocratic unity government could also be an opportunity to push Hamas to become a responsible political player and respect international humanitarian law (IHL).

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Middle East
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Islam
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > Security Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2011 19:32
    Number of Pages: 5
    Last Modified: 03 Jun 2011 19:32
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/32042

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