Mideast Quartet calls for Israel, Palestinian talks

UNITED NATIONS Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:56am EDT

Palestinian protesters hold up flags in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest in the village of Bet In near Ramallah June 11, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Palestinian protesters hold up flags in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest in the village of Bet In near Ramallah June 11, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators on Friday invited Israel and the Palestinians to reopen direct negotiations on September 2 in Washington aimed at creating a Palestinian state.

"The Quartet expresses its determination to support the parties throughout the negotiations, which can be completed within one year, and the implementation of an agreement," said the statement from the United States, Russia, European Union and United Nations.

"The Quartet again calls on both sides to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric," it added.

(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (3)
USAalltheway wrote:
The palestinians are in position to be making demands. Stop with the silly preconditions

Aug 20, 2010 9:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
todonada wrote:
USAalltheway

I agree since the preconditions have previously been set by the quartet, the UN and pretty much everyone else.

It’s just a question of Israel’s agreeing to them (67 borders,Jerusalem, etc).

Aug 20, 2010 10:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
padova wrote:
three poisonous snakes are present close to the talks room:hamas, Iran and Syria.

Aug 25, 2010 5:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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