Report: Quartet working on declaration as basis for talks

The Quartet is working on a declaration to be used as a basis for direct peac talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced on Thursday according to Reuters.
Ashton was confident that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas could be brought to the table, according to a letter seen by Reuters.
"Abbas is very close [to accepting direct talks]. In principle, President Abbas should be in a position to give a definitive answer by Sunday or early next week," she wrote.
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