Quartet invites Israel and Palestine to resume "meaningful negotiations"

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Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, speaks to journalists following his closed-door briefing to the Security Council. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The Middle East Quartet has invited Israel and Palestine to resume "meaningful negotiations" in the face of "major threats" to peace.

The Quartet is made up of the UN, United States, Russia, and the European Union and was set up to mediate the peace process in the region

In its report published on Friday, it called on both parties to "engage with it" on implementing new recommendations to put the process back on track.

Daniel Dickinson has more.

The report points to a series of "major threats" to a "negotiated peace" and the objective of a so-called two state solution, where Israel and Palestine live side by side.

It highlights continuing violence through terrorism and incitement, settlement expansion, and the Palestinian Authority's lack of control of Gaza, as serious obstacles.

A statement issued on behalf of the Quartet principals, called on the Israeli and Palestinian governments to engage in direct talks, in order to resolve all the so-called "final status issues".

The report calls on each side to "independently demonstrate, through policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution."

The Quartet reiterated that any settlement would have to meet "Israeli security needs" as well as an end to the "occupation that began in 1967" of Palestinian territory.

"Any unilateral actions by either party" said the report, "will not be recognized by the international community."

The Quartet also reaffirmed its commitment to working with countries in the region as well as the UN Security Council, to "restore hope in a political solution."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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