Palestinians to seek Russia's support at Quartet talks

09:24, July 06, 2011      

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Palestinians would seek and rely on Russia's support at the upcoming Middle East Quartet talks slated for July 11 in the United States, a visiting Palestinian official said Tuesday.

Nabil Shaath, member of the Fatah Central Committee, made the remarks at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the Quartet talks.

Shaath said the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) wasn't ready to resume talks with Israel because of ongoing Israeli plans to establish settlements on Palestinian soil.

But he said the PNA would support any decision by the Quartet meeting that would facilitate resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Lavrov called Shaath's visit "quite timely," saying Moscow keenly hoped the Quartet meeting would help create favorable conditions for restoration of Palestine-Israel talks.

He said peace between Israel and the Palestinians only could be reached on nternationally recognized and established legal principles.

"We are interested in helping drive the issue from its deadlock," Lavrov said.

The Middle East Quartet consists of the UN, the European Union, the United States and Russia and is charged with brokering a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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