Quartet tries new Israeli-Palestinian peace bid

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 25, 2011 04:01

UNITED NATIONS — Envoys from the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia are hoping to hold separate meetings with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to try to revive peace talks, the UN's Mideast coordinator said Thursday,

Robert Serry said the so-called Quartet of Mideast mediators has proposed meetings with the two sides on all core issues blocking a peace settlement. They include borders of a Palestinian state, security arrangements, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.

"I hope very soon the Quartet envoys will be meeting separately with the parties — that is something new," he told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council. "We are at the moment seeking confirmation from both sides that they are willing to meet the Quartet envoys next week in Brussels."

Serry said the separate meetings would precede a meeting of Quartet leaders in mid-March, "probably in the margins of a meeting in Paris."

He again warned the council that "the credibility of the international community including the Quartet" is at stake in 2011.


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