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Unification conference of Palestinian ranks: Algeria's efforts praised

Unification conference of Palestinian ranks: Algeria's efforts praised
ALGIERS-Politicians and Palestinian factions hailed Thursday the efforts made by Algeria, led by the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, which culminated in the signing of the "Algiers Declaration" resulting from the "Conference of Unification of Palestinian Ranks.”
In a statement to APS, the Speaker of the People's National Assembly (Lower House), Brahim Boughali stressed that "this historic event is in the annals of the history of Algeria known for its firm positions in diplomacy and foreign policy.”
Boughali hopes that the Palestinian reconciliation can give a "strong impetus" to the Arab Summit scheduled for November 1 and 2 in Algiers.
Algeria "has always supported the Palestinian cause. Today, we are witnessing cohesion between all Palestinian factions on Algerian soil. This is a positive thing and it honors Algerian diplomacy," he said.
For his part, the head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh said: "We thank Algeria for its support and interest in the Palestinian cause, and its contribution to the achievement of the unification process.”
"The fact that we have reached an agreement today confirms that we are capable and determined to proclaim a Palestinian state on all its territories, the return of refugees, and the release of our prisoners.
For his part, Ahmed Al-Majdalani, Secretary General of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPF) and member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) called the Palestinian agreement a "historic event", commending the efforts of Algeria and President Tebboune for sponsoring the Declaration and signing it on Algerian soil, in the same room where the creation of the State of Palestine was proclaimed in 1988.
Azzam Al-Ahmad, a member of the PLO Executive Committee and the Central Committee of the movement "Fatah" said that this Declaration will not remain a dead letter, stressing that his faction and all Palestinian parties are willing to implement all its clauses.
"The Palestinian parties are optimistic and reassured to see Algeria leading the Algerian-Arab working group in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Declaration," he said.
"All the conflicting issues between the Palestinian parties have been settled," he said.
The issue of the formation of the government has been postponed until the resolution of the issue of the organization of general elections and the unification of factions under the PLO banner, he stated.
Regarding the possibility of reaching an Arab consensus on the Palestinian cause at the November Summit, Azzam said he "is sure that the Arab leaders, under the leadership of Algeria, will manage to unify their voice on the Palestinian issue.”
The Secretary General of the Palestinian People's Party and member of the PLO Executive Committee, Bassam Salhi said that this agreement between the Palestinian factions "is of great importance.”
"Algiers Declaration” highlights the importance of national unity as basis for resistance to occupation
ALGIERS -The Algiers Declaration issued from the Palestinian Unity Conference signed by the Palestinian factions on Thursday in Algiers, is an affirmation of the importance of national unity as a basis for any resistance to the occupation to achieve the legitimate goals of the Palestinian people.
The "Algiers Declaration" resulting from the "Conference for the Unification of Palestinian Ranks", held on 11-13 October, is an initiative from the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and after consultation and coordination with the Palestinian President and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Mahmoud Abbas, during his visit to Algiers on 5-7 December 2021.
The "Algiers Declaration" calls for the "enshrinement of the principle of political partnership between the various Palestinian national forces, including through elections, to allow broad participation in the upcoming national elections in the homeland but also for the diaspora.”
The Declaration seeks “to strengthen and develop the role of the PLO and activate its institutions, with the participation of all Palestinian factions, being the only legitimate and inescapable representative of the Palestinian people.”
The document also called for "electing the Palestinian National Council inside and outside the country, based on the system of full proportional representation, under the consensus and the laws adopted with the participation of all Palestinian forces within a period not exceeding one year, from the date of signing this Declaration.
On this occasion, Algeria expressed its readiness to host the meeting of the new Palestinian National Council.
The "Algiers Declaration" calls for "the organization, without delay, of general presidential and legislative elections in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including in al-Quds, capital of the State of Palestine, under the laws in force, within a period not exceeding one (1) year from the date of signing this Declaration.
The document further called for "federating the Palestinian national institutions and mobilizing the available energies and resources needed to implement reconstruction projects and strengthen the infrastructure" to sustain their resistance against the Zionist occupation.”
The Declaration emphasized the need to "activate the mechanism of the Secretaries General of the Palestinian factions to follow up the end of the division and the achievement of national unity and national political partnership. An Algerian-Arab working group will be responsible for supervising and monitoring the implementation of the clauses of this agreement, in cooperation with the Palestinian side and under Algerian supervision.
Signing of “Declaration of Algiers” for achievement of Palestinian unity is historic day
ALGIERS- President of the Republic affirmed Thursday that the signing of the “Declaration of Algiers” for reunification to achieve the Palestinian national unity is a historic day, pending the establishment of the independent Palestinian State with al-Quds as capital.
In his speech, following the inking of the “Declaration of Algiers” at the Palace of Nations, in Algiers, by the different Palestinian factions, President Tebboune said “it is difficult to speak in such a situation, which comes nearly 40 years after the declaration by mujaheed and combatant, the martyr Yasser Arafat (Abu Ammar) of the establishment of the Palestinian State in the same hall and under the same roof.”
 “The Palestinian State has gone through setbacks, problems and conspiracies, but, thank God, we are witnessing today a historic day where the situation has returned to normal,” said President Tebboune.  
President Tebboune congratulated the Palestinian officials and representatives of the faction “to fulfill the will of the Palestinian people in Gaza, the West Bank and al-Quds and the Diaspora, and which also the will of the Algerian people, expressing his wish that “the establishment an independent Palestinian State becomes a reality within the borders of June 1967 and its capital al-Quds.”
Palestinian factions sign Declaration of Algiers: Encouraging news, says EU
West Bank (Occupied Palestine)- The Declaration of Algiers signed by the Palestinian factions as the outcome of the meeting held in Algeria to unify the Palestinian ranks, is "encouraging news," the European Union office in occupied West Bank and Gaza said Friday.
This is "encouraging news on the outcome of the intra-Palestinian talks in Algeria. The Palestinian factions should now step up efforts towards effective political Palestinian unity and agree on a timetable for national democratic elections," the EU office tweeted.
The elections "are a key for ensuring democratic legitimacy of the Palestinian political representatives and institutions," the office said in another tweet.
The European Union "is ready to support all efforts in this regard."
Algiers Declaration, "real platform to end Palestinian division" (diplomats)
ALGIERS-Arab and African diplomats said that the Algiers Declaration, issued from the "Conference for National Palestinian Unity" is the most significant event on the Arab scene for the reunification of Arab ranks to establish to end the Palestinian division forever.
The Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Algeria, Fayez Abu Aita, commended Algeria's efforts, which resulted in an agreement between the Palestinian factions.
"This agreement would not have been possible without the initiative of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, to bring together the Palestinian factions, an initiative welcomed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to Algeria last December," he noted, saying that the Algiers Declaration will be "a real platform to end the division once and for all.”
"Given its national responsibility to ensure that the interests of Palestine prevail, talks and dialogue sessions have been held in Algeria for nine months, during which the parties urged combined efforts to achieve the legitimate goals of the Palestinian people," said the diplomat, welcoming, by the same token, the efforts made by several Arab countries in favor of Palestinian reconciliation to end the division, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
For his part, the ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) to Algeria, Abdelkader Taleb Omar told APS that the signing of a reconciliation agreement by the Palestinian factions is now "the most significant event on the Arab scene" and reflects "the success of Algerian diplomacy bridge views and bring together the Palestinian ranks, divided for nearly fifteen years.”
According to him, the Palestinian division "has greatly affected the process of the Palestinian issue and the stances of Arab countries about it.”
The representative of the Embassy of Guinea-Bissau in Algiers welcomed the ability of Palestinian factions to overcome their differences and unify their positions to achieve peace and liberate their country from Zionist occupation.
“This historic achievement is the result of the efforts of the Algerian state, which has contributed much, not only to the Palestinian cause but also to all countries of the African continent and the world.”
"Even today, Algeria supports liberation movements in the world, including oppressed and colonized countries," recalled the African diplomat.
President Tebboune chairs Conference on Unification of Palestinian ranks
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrived Thursday afternoon at the Palace of Nations to chair the works of the Conference on the unification of the Palestinian ranks.
The works of this conference will culminate in the signing of “the Declaration of Algiers” which will be a solid platform to achieve the unity between the different Palestinian factions which have reached an unprecedented consensus during this conference.
Conference of Palestinian factions: Participants sign “Declaration of Algiers”
ALGIERS- The participants in the Gathering Conference for the Palestinian Unity, hosted by Algeria, signed on Thursday the “Declaration of Algiers” which will be a solid platform for the achievement of the unity between the different Palestinian factions.
The ceremony took place at the Palace of Nations in Algiers, in the presence of President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the State’s top officials, members of the government and diplomatic corps accredited to Algeria.
The leaders and representatives of the Palestinian faction signed, in turn, the “Declaration of Algiers) for the unity of the Palestinians.
Palestinian reconciliation will positively influence ext Arab Summit
ALGIERS-The Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra said Thursday that what has been achieved for the Palestinian reconciliation in Algiers will have a positive impact on the work of the Arab Summit scheduled for November 1-2in Algiers.
"Palestinian reconciliation is linked to the Arab Summit, being the barometer of the Arabs' ability to unite," Lamamra said in a statement to the press on the sidelines of the signing by Palestinian factions of the "Algiers Declaration" resulting from the Palestinian Unification Conference held from October 11 to 13.
"When Palestinians unite, Arabs will unite more easily later on," he said.
Calling the Algiers Declaration, a "good omen" and a "clear message" calling for the unification of Arab ranks like those of the Palestinians, Lamamra stressed that "Palestine will remain the noble cause of the Arabs around which they should unite and forget their differences.
In response to a question whether Algeria is ready to host the Arab Summit scheduled for November 1 and 2, the Algerian FM replied: "we are a few days from the Summit" and "Algeria is ready to 200%.”
Addressing the reform of the Arab League, Lamamra said that this issue was included as a clause on the agenda of the summit, at the request of Algeria, a clause that was not on the agenda for a while.
"President Tebboune will present the ideas of Algeria on the reform of the Arab League,” affirmed Lamamra.
Moreover, he stressed that "the Arab League listened to the working groups about five clauses for the reform of the League, including civil society and new developments to give new impetus to joint Arab action.”
In addition, he reaffirmed Algeria's commitment to the 2002 Arab peace initiative.
“It is fundamental to achieve an Arab consensus on the 2002 Arab peace initiative, being a cornerstone. I believe that through the combined efforts and decisions of today's Palestinian reconciliation, the Arabs will reclaim the initiative.”
"We are ready to engage in a serious peace process that will achieve the goals and basic rights of the Palestinian people, namely the establishment of an independent state and the decolonization of all occupied Arab territories,” stated Lamamra.