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Statement by Minister Coveney on postponement of Palestinian elections

I am extremely disappointed by the decision to postpone long-awaited Palestinian elections.

Free, fair and inclusive elections across the occupied Palestinian territory, which includes East Jerusalem, are of critical importance for the Palestinian people.  Elections are particularly important for young people who deserve the opportunity to express their democratic voice. 

I encourage the Palestinian Authority to set a new date immediately for elections. The cooperation of the Israeli authorities is essential and any failure to do so would be damaging to democracy and to peace. I urge Israel to live up to its responsibilities as the occupying power and to cooperate in facilitating voting, including in East Jerusalem. I urge the Palestinian Authority to renew its commitment to strong and inclusive democratic institutions, which are in the interests of all and important for renewed engagement on a two-State solution.

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