Mideast Quartet calls for resumed peace negotiations

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — The Middle East Quartet called for the resumption of peace negotiations as soon as possible, following a meeting in Munich.

The Quartet representatives — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov; United States Secretary of State John Kerry; European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini; and United Nations Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, representing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon — met Sunday on the sidelines of the Munich Economic Conference.

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The representative called for a “sustainable peace” which it says “requires the Palestinians’ aspirations for statehood and sovereignty and those of Israelis for security to be fulfilled through negotiations based on the two-state solution,” according to a statement issued Sunday by the U.S. State Department.

The Quartet said it would continue to remain “actively engaged in preparing for a resumption of the peace process in the coming period, including regular and direct outreach to Arab states.” It also called on both the Israel and the Palestinians “to refrain from actions that undermine trust or prejudge final status issues.”

The Quartet also stressed the “importance of ensuring that the acute fiscal challenges faced by the Palestinians are addressed and of supporting Palestinian institution-building efforts.”

The Quartet also expressed its concern over the “difficult situation in Gaza” and called for donors to honor their financial commitments for reconstruction “to address the basic needs of the Palestinian population and to ensure stability.”