Representatives of the Middle East Quartet commended Israeli-Palestinian efforts to develop a lasting peace to the decades-long conflict in a statement issued Friday.
“The Quartet commended the leadership of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and their commitment to remaining engaged in sustained and continuous negotiations to address all of the core issues. The Quartet called on all parties to take every possible step to promote conditions conducive to the success of the negotiating process and to refrain from actions that undermine trust or prejudge final status issues,” said the group, which consists of the UN, EU, US and Russia.
US Secretary of State John Kerry provided a briefing to Quartet representatives on progress in the negotiations. In addition, "The Quartet noted the importance of both sides demonstrating a commitment to improving the atmosphere for the negotiations, including through positive messages by the leaders," noted the statement.
Of special importance for the Quartet was Gaza’s economic and humanitarian situation. The group welcomed Israel’s recent moves to increase access to the coastal enclave through legal crossings, and re-stated the importance of maintaining the ceasefire reached in November 2012.
The statements also raised the Quartet’s support for its Economic Initiative, which aims to bolster the Palestinian economy.
Quartet envoys are scheduled to meet monthly to report on developments in the peace process.
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