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Palestinians, Israelis agree plan to rebuild Gaza Strip - UN envoy

GAZA, Feb 15 (KUNA) -- UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said Thursday the Palestinians and Israelis reached an agreement on a plan to remove the obstacles facing the mechanism of reconstruction in Gaza Strip.
The two sides agreed to jointly review the operating mechanism of this process in a transparent and predictable way, Palestinian media outlets quoted him as saying in a press release.
"I am encouraged by my meeting yesterday with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdalla and Israeli (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories) Major-General Yoav Mordechai," Mladenov said.
"We discussed critical humanitarian solutions related to the electricity, water and health problems of Gaza. Much can be done if the conditions are right," he added.
The talks, held in the West Bank city of Ramallah, focused on how to resume the rehabilitation of the infrastructure and key public utilities in the wake of the Israeli military offensive on the Strip in 2014.
Mladenov, of Bulgaria, is the focal point on the ground for UN support to peace initiatives - including the work of the Middle East Quartet (composed of the United States, the Russian Federation, the European Union, and the United Nations. The Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), based in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza, is a field mission of the UN Department of Political Affairs that supports peace negotiations and the implementation of political agreements between the Israelis and the Palestinians. (end) wab.gb