The Quartet takes note of the application submitted by
President Abbas on 23rd September 2011 which is now before the Security
The Quartet reaffirmed its statement of 20th May 2011, including its
strong support for the vision of Israeli-Palestinian peace outlined by
United States President Barack Obama.
The Quartet recalled its previous statements, and affirmed its
determination to actively and vigorously seek a comprehensive resolution
of the Arab-Israeli conflict, on the basis of UN Security Council
Resolutions 242, 338, 1397, 1515, 1850, the Madrid principles including
land for peace, the Roadmap, and the agreements previously reached
between the parties.
The Quartet reiterated its commitment to a just, lasting and
comprehensive peace in the Middle East and to seek a comprehensive
resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and reaffirms the importance of
the Arab Peace Initiative.
The Quartet reiterated its urgent appeal to the parties to overcome
the current obstacles and resume direct bilateral Israeli -Palestinian
negotiations without delay or preconditions. But it accepts that
meeting, in itself, will not re-establish the trust necessary for such a
negotiation to succeed. It therefore proposes the following steps:
1. Within a month there will be a preparatory meeting between the
parties to agree an agenda and method of proceeding in the negotiation.
2. At that meeting there will be a commitment by both sides that
the objective of any negotiation is to reach an agreement within a
timeframe agreed to by the parties but not longer than the end of 2012.
The Quartet expects the parties to come forward with comprehensive
proposals within three months on territory and security, and to have
made substantial progress within six months. To that end, the Quartet
will convene an international conference in Moscow, in consultation with
the parties, at the appropriate time.
3. There will be a Donors Conference at which the international
community will give full and sustained support to the Palestinian
Authority state-building actions developed by Prime Minister Fayyad
under the leadership of President Abbas.
4. The Quartet recognizes the achievements of the Palestinian
Authority in preparing institutions for statehood as evidenced in
reports to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, and stresses the need to
preserve and build on them. In this regard, the members of the Quartet
will consult to identify additional steps they can actively support
towards Palestinian statehood individually and together, to secure in
accordance with existing procedures significantly greater independence
and sovereignty for the Palestinian Authority over its affairs.
5. The Quartet calls upon the parties to refrain from provocative
actions if negotiations are to be effective. The Quartet reiterated the
obligations of both parties under the Roadmap.
6. The Quartet committed to remain actively involved and to
encourage and review progress. The Quartet agreed to meet regularly and
to task the envoys and the Quartet Representative to intensify their
cooperation, including by meeting prior to the parties’ preparatory
meeting, and to formulate recommendations for Quartet action.