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Mideast Quartet calls for Israel, Palestinian talks

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

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