Blair: Negotiations are only solution to peace process

July 14, 2011 20:56

The Quartet envoy to the Middle East and former UK prime minister Tony Blair told Channel 2 news Thursday that Monday's Quartet talks centering around renewing Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations were not a complete failure, and that in the face of "difficult issues" and agreement is more pressing than ever.

Blair said that he understands why the Palestinian Authority is adamantly pursuing UN recognition of a Palestinian state, but said that he did not think this would produce a final solution. The Quartet envoy stressed that only through agreement can a peaceful solution be reached.

Blair is expected to return to the region in a matter of days to continue the Quartet’s search for a formula that will keep the Palestinians from seeking statehood recognition at the UN in September and enable negotiations to restart.

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