of Middle East
peacemakers is calling on the Israelis and Palestinians to demonstrate their seriousness in reaching a settlement in the next year.
Meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
on Friday, top diplomats from the United Nations, United States, Russia
and the European Union said in a statement that both sides should take “every possible step” to make ongoing US-mediated negotiations a success.
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The quartet also called on the parties to refrain from any action that would undermine trust or prejudge the outcome of the talks.
The quartet added that positive messages from Israeli
and Palestinian leaders are important to enhancing the prospects for reaching a deal.
The latest round of peace talks began earlier this year.
UN peace mediator Tony Blair
said the Israeli and Palestinian sides spoke constructively about their resumed negotiations. He said Friday’s meeting heard a report on the economic initiative that is accompanying the peace talks.
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