Quartet concerned over ´ongoing settler violence´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yitzhak Benhorin Published: 04.11.12, 21:54)
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Clinton, Ban, Lavrov and Ashton meet in Washington, voice concern
over ´continued settlement activity,´ urge int´l community to ensure
$1.1 billion donation to PA. Netanyahu calls for direct talks with
WASHINGTON - The Middle East Quartet expressed concern on Monday
over "ongoing settler violence and incitement in the West Bank" and
called on Israel to take "effective measures, including bringing the
perpetrators of such acts to justice.
Senior Quartet officials, including United Nations Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and European Union High
Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine
Ashton — met in Washington, where they expressed concern
about "unilateral and provocative" actions by the Palestinians or
Israel, including "continued settlement activity, which cannot
prejudge the outcome of negotiations, the only way to a just and
durable solution to the conflict."
The officials were joined by Quartet Representative Tony Blair and by
Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.
In a statement issued following the meeting, the senior diplomats
called on the international community to ensure the contribution of
$1.1 billion in assistance to meet the Palestinian Authority’s 2012
recurrent financing requirements.
The Quartet noted with concern the "increasing fragility of
developments on the ground and called on the parties to work
constructively together to take concrete steps to address the
Palestinian Authority’s fiscal challenges, preserve and build on the
Palestinian Authority’s institutional gains, and expand economic
opportunities for the Palestinian people."
The Quartet reaffirmed its commitment to "examine possible mechanisms
it can actively support going forward, individually and together, to
advance peace efforts and strengthen the Palestinian Authority’s
ability to meet the full range of civil and security needs of the
Palestinian people both now and in a future state."
The diplomats urged the Authority to "fight violent extremism"
and "end incitement." It condemned the rocket attacks from Gaza and
stressed the need for "calm and security for both peoples." The
Quartet also underscored the "importance of continued steps to
address the needs of Gaza’s residents," and welcomed the Israeli
government’s approval of UN priority infrastructure projects in the
"The Quartet considers that the situation in and around Gaza remains
fragile and unsustainable as long as the West Bank and Gaza are not
reunited under the legitimate Palestinian Authority adhering to the
PLO commitments," the statement read.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the Quartet´s call to
resume negotiations without preconditions. The PM´s Office issued a
statement saying that during next week´s meeting with a delegation of
senior Palestinian officials Netanyahu will suggest holding direct
negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (Copyright
2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/11/12)
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