MOSCOW, June 21. /TASS/. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to touch upon the results of the Paris international conference on the Middle East and prospects for parliamentary elections in Palestinian territories in his speech at the European Parliament on June 23, Palestinian Ambassador to Moscow Abdel Hafiz Nofal said on Tuesday.
"In two days. Mahmoud Abbas is expected to speak at the European Parliament," he said. "I think he will speak about the Paris meeting and elections in Palestine."
The diplomat reminded that the key task of the elections is to bridge differences between the Hamas and Fatah movements. "We stand for such elections. This step might pave the pave for resolution of further problems," he noted.
Abbas will speak at the European Parliament on June 23. A day before that, on June 22, the European Parliament will hear Israeli President Reuben Rivlin.
A split between Palestine’s two major forces, Fatah and Hamas, occurred after the parliamentary elections in Palestine in 2006. Fatah controls West Bank, Hamas controls the Gaza Strip. To settle the difference, the sides are looking at holding another round of elections. No final agreement on that matter has been reached however.