Middle East Quartet praises resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians

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Israeli forces take possession of vacated Al Faluja handed over to them by U.S. observers. In a brief ceremony troops salute the Israeli flag hoisted from the roof-top of a shell-scared building. [UN Photo/ on or around 26 February 1949]

Direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians resumed on 29 July and have been welcomed by the Middle East Quartet, which is made up of the United Nations, the Russian Federation, the United States and the European Union.

Senior negotiators from both sides are meeting in Washington to begin final status negotiations.

A statement issued by the Quartet on Tuesday commends both President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu for taking this courageous decision in the interest of their peoples.

The Quartet is determined to lend its support to the efforts being made to achieve a negotiated two-state solution within the agreed timeframe of nine months.

It calls on all parties to take every possible step to promote conditions conducive to the success of the negotiating process and to refrain from actions that undermine trust.

While noting that much hard work lies ahead, the Quartet expresses its hope that renewed negotiations will be substantive and continuous and set a clear path towards a two-state solution, the end of conflict, and lasting peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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