Statement of the Middle East Quartet (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE) Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC 04/11/12)
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The following statement was issued by the Middle East Quartet (United
Nations, Russian Federation, United States, and European Union) on
April 11, 2012.
The Quartet — 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, DC on 11 April 2012. They were joined by Quartet
Representative Tony Blair and by Foreign Minister of Jordan Nasser
Judeh, who briefed the Quartet on Jordan’s engagement. The Quartet
underscored its support for the positive efforts by King Abdullah of
Jordan and Foreign Minister Judeh.
Following its consultation in New York on 12 March 2012, the Quartet
reaffirmed its commitment to all elements of its statement of 23
September 2011 and renewed its call on the parties to meet those
objectives. The Quartet welcomed plans for dialogue between the
parties, and discussed ways to support these efforts.
The Quartet took particular note of the 21 March 2012 Ad Hoc Liaison
Committee (AHLC) meeting in Brussels, and underscored the need for
continued international support for the Palestinian Authority’s
important institution-building efforts. The Quartet encouraged the
Palestinian Authority to continue working toward this end. In this
regard, the Quartet 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 welcomed the efforts by the parties to resolve outstanding
issues related to tax and customs revenue collection and urged their
conclusion as soon as possible.
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.
In this respect, the Quartet reaffirmed its commitment, as expressed
in its 23 September 2011 statement, 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 Quartet
encouraged the parties, in this context, to cooperate to facilitate
the social and economic development of Area C, which is of critical
importance for the viability of a future Palestinian state as well as
for its Palestinian inhabitants to be enabled to lead a normal life.
The Quartet asked Quartet Representative Blair to continue his
intensive work with the parties toward this end.
Noting the significant progress on security achieved by the
Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, the Quartet calls on the
Palestinian Authority to continue to make every effort to improve law
and order, to fight violent extremism, and to end incitement. The
Quartet emphasized the need to continue assisting the Palestinian
Authority in building its law enforcement capacity. The Quartet also
expressed its concern over ongoing settler violence and incitement in
the West Bank and calls on Israel to take effective measures,
including bringing the perpetrators of such acts to justice.
The Quartet condemned rocket attacks from Gaza and stressed the need
for calm and security for both peoples. The Quartet underscored the
importance of continued steps to address the needs of Gaza’s
residents, and welcomed the Israeli Government’s approval at the AHLC
meeting of UN priority infrastructure projects in Gaza. Reaffirming
its previous positions, 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.
Reminding both parties of their obligations under the roadmap, the
Quartet reiterated its call for them to avoid actions that undermine
trust and to focus on positive efforts that can strengthen and
improve the climate for a resumption of direct negotiations on the
basis of the Quartet’s September 23 statement.
The Quartet expressed concern about unilateral and provocative
actions by either party, including continued settlement activity,
which cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations, the only way to a
just and durable solution to the conflict.
The Quartet underscored its commitment to remain actively engaged in
the coming period. PRN: 2012/546
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