UN, Mideast partners reaffirm support for resumed Israeli-Palestinian talks

UN, Mideast partners reaffirm support for resumed Israeli-Palestinian talks
# 28 September 2013 02:53 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the search for peace in the Middle East on Friday reaffirmed their determination to provide maximum support to the Israelis and Palestinians as they resumed talks aimed at reaching a comprehensive peace, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The Middle East Quartet, a diplomatic grouping of the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States, met at UN Headquarters in New York on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly, which entered its fourth day here Friday.

The meeting is the first in one and a half years that the Quartet members met at the level of principals and it follows the most recent round of direct talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians held last month.

"The Quartet reaffirmed its determination to lend effective support to the efforts of the parties and their shared commitment to reach a permanent status agreement within the agreed goal of nine months," the group said in a statement.

The Quartet is a diplomatic group in search of the two-state solution, which means a secure Israel to live in peace with an independent State of Palestine.

It commended the leadership of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and their commitment to remaining engaged in sustained and continuous negotiations to address all of the core issues.

"The Quartet called 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 or prejudge final status issues," the statement said.

During the meeting, the Quartet received an update from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the progress made since talks resumed on July 29, as well as a joint briefing on the negotiations by chief negotiators from both sides.

The group also discussed efforts to boost support to the Palestinian economy, as well as the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and the importance of both sides demonstrating a commitment to improving the atmosphere for the negotiations.

The other principals participating in the meeting were UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union Catherine Ashton.

They were joined by Quartet Representative Tony Blair and by Israeli chief negotiator Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.