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last updated Aug. 21, 2010
published Aug. 20, 2010
Statement by Middle East Quartet - August 2010
Read more:  Quartet, direct talks, peace process, negotiations
Summary: The Quartet calls on Palestinians and Israelis to engage in direct bilateral negotiations, while failing to mention the sensitive issue of Israeli settlements. 
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Poll No. 23, November 1997 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards Current Issues
Poll No. 67, January 2009 - Palestinian opinions after the Gaza War
Poll No. 10, October 1995 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards the Taba Agreement and the PNA‘s Assumption of Authority over West Bank Towns


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Document Text
The following statement was issued today by the Middle East Quartet (United Nations, Russian Federation, United States, European Union):

The representatives of the Quartet reaffirm their strong support for direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians to resolve all final status issues.  The Quartet reaffirms its full commitment to its previous statements, including in Trieste on 26 June 2009, in New York on 24 September 2009, and its statement in Moscow on 19 March 2010, which provides that direct, bilateral negotiations that resolve all final status issues should “lead to a settlement, negotiated between the parties, that ends the occupation which began in 1967 and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbors”.

The Quartet expresses its determination to support the parties throughout the negotiations, which can be completed within one year, and the implementation of an agreement.  The Quartet again calls on both sides to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric.  Welcoming the result of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee in Cairo on 29 July, the Quartet notes that success will require sustained regional and international support for the negotiations and the parallel process of Palestinian state-building and the pursuit of a just, lasting and comprehensive regional peace as envisaged in the Madrid terms of reference, Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.  The Quartet principals intend to meet with their colleagues from the Arab League in September in New York to review the situation.  Accordingly, the Quartet calls on the Israelis and the Palestinians to join in launching direct negotiations on 2 September in Washington, D.C., to resolve all final status issues and fulfill the aspirations of both parties.
Document Text
The following statement was issued today by the Middle East Quartet (United Nations, Russian Federation, United States, European Union):

The representatives of the Quartet reaffirm their strong support for direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians to resolve all final status issues.  The Quartet reaffirms its full commitment to its previous statements, including in Trieste on 26 June 2009, in New York on 24 September 2009, and its statement in Moscow on 19 March 2010, which provides that direct, bilateral negotiations that resolve all final status issues should “lead to a settlement, negotiated between the parties, that ends the occupation which began in 1967 and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbors”.

The Quartet expresses its determination to support the parties throughout the negotiations, which can be completed within one year, and the implementation of an agreement.  The Quartet again calls on both sides to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric.  Welcoming the result of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee in Cairo on 29 July, the Quartet notes that success will require sustained regional and international support for the negotiations and the parallel process of Palestinian state-building and the pursuit of a just, lasting and comprehensive regional peace as envisaged in the Madrid terms of reference, Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.  The Quartet principals intend to meet with their colleagues from the Arab League in September in New York to review the situation.  Accordingly, the Quartet calls on the Israelis and the Palestinians to join in launching direct negotiations on 2 September in Washington, D.C., to resolve all final status issues and fulfill the aspirations of both parties.
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