Third party needed to solve crisis: Ashrawi

11 July 2007 at 10:10 am | Posted in Gaza, Hanan Ashrawi, News, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

Former Palestinian education minister Dr Hanan Ashrawi said a third party is needed to solve the crisis of the Hamas-Fatah conflict.

In an interview published in Middle East Online, the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize recipient said one of the most important first steps towards resolving the crisis is “to put an end to the requisitioning or taking over of the Palestinian institutions, then halting the violence”.

Ashrawi said the Hamas-Fatah conflict needs to be “normalised” “through the resumption of a calm balanced dialogue that responds to and respects a genuine political will based on democracy”.

She said a third party, “ideally an Arab third party”, is needed to achieve such dialogue. An European third party is the next best choice as “Europeans enjoy greater credibility than the Americans”, she said.

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