UNITED NATIONS — The "Quartet" of Mideast peacemakers welcomed Monday
Israel's pledge to immediately ease the blockade of goods into
Hamas-ruled Gaza, but the groups says the situation remains
"unsustainable" and a long-term solution is urgently needed.
A statement released by the United States, European Union, Russia and
the United Nations expresses support for Israel's "legitimate security
concerns" while calling for the resumption of long-stalled peace talks.
Proximity talks should lead to direct negotiations without preconditions
and "a settlement, negotiated between the parties within 24 months,"
the Quartet said.