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UNITED NATIONS - The Quartet of Middle East negotiators - the United
States, Russia, the United Nations and European Union - will meet on
Monday to discuss the long-stalled peace process between Israel and the
Palestinians, the United Nations said Friday.
The UN press office
said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would meet at UN
headquarters ahead of a special UN Security Council session on the Arab
The other Quartet principals - EU foreign
policy chief Catherine Ashton and Quartet envoy Tony Blair - will
participate via video link.
Russia has been pushing for a Quartet meeting, UN diplomats have said.
was unclear whether the group planned to issue a statement to encourage
a resumption of talks, an issue that has been overshadowed by the
debate over a possible military strike on Iran
due to Tehran's nuclear
Riven by internal quarrels, the Palestinians have
struggled to make their voice heard in recent months. World attention
has shifted to the US presidential elections
, the escalating violence in
and Iran's nuclear program.
Ban Ki-moon said in Jerusalem
last month that Israel and the Palestinians were running out of time to
solve their conflict and ought to give the highest priority to resuming
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
, as a
condition for negotiations, has demanded that Israel agree to the
establishment of a Palestinian state along 1967 lines.
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has refused to accept that request and has
balked at the Palestinians' demands to freeze settlement activities on
lands the Palestinians want for a future state.