Palestinians disappointed after peacemakers' meeting

11:09, July 13, 2011      

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The Palestinian leadership is disappointed after Middle East peacemakers failed to issue a statement outlining efforts to revive negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior official said Tuesday.

The failure of the Quartet to issue such a statement after hours of talks in Washington yesterday "killed the hopes of the Palestinians in peace and the two-state solution," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The Quartet comprises the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations. The Palestinian leadership will meet Tuesday to assess the situation as the Quartet did not issue its statement, the official said.

The absence of the statement reflects differences among the Quartet's members on obliging Israel to commit to the two-state solution, the official said.

In its meeting on Tuesday, the Palestinian leadership will also discuss plans to seek the UN recognition of Palestinian state in September.

The Palestinians decided to approach the UN after peace talks broke down last year. Israel and the United States oppose this move and call it unilateral.

The Palestinians want to the world organization to recognize their state on lands that Israel has occupied in 1967.

Source: Xinhua
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