MUNICH — European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Saturday that the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers can't be distracted from their task by political upheavals in Egypt and its neighbors.
Ashton said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others called for urgent progress on efforts to press Israel and the Palestinians to resume talks on a peace settlement.
"I believe that regional events shouldn't distract us from that objective for the future. We want to see peace and stability in the region. We believe the Middle East peace process is an essential part of that," Ashton told reporters.