Palestinians despaired after Quartet meeting

13:15, July 13, 2011      

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by Emad Drimly, Saud Abu Ramadan

The Palestinian leadership on Tuesday expressed frustration hours after the International Quartet Committee for peace in the Middle East ended its meeting in Washington, and called for an emergency meeting to review the final outcomes of the meeting.

The Quartet, which comprises the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, held a meeting in Washington on Monday to discuss the stalled peace process in the Middle East. The Quartet hasn't come out with a final statement, but called for the unconditioned resumption of the talks.

A senior Palestinian official, who spoke in condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that the Palestinian leadership will hold an important emergency meeting in Ramallah later on Tuesday to discuss the latest developments and the international efforts to resume the stalled peace talks with Israel.

The official considered the fact that the Quartet hadn't issued any final statement after the meeting is "a despair and a frustration to the Palestinians, who are looking for a serious and practical stance concerning a fair solution based on the principle of the two-state solution."

"Not issuing a statement shows that the disagreements in the Quartet are large and also shows how serious the stalemate in the peace process is. This shows that the Quartet is disable to compel Israel to halting settlement and accept the principle of the two- state solution," said the official.

Meanwhile, Hana Amira, a member of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee told Xinhua that the Palestinians are waiting for the arrival of the Quartet's envoys to look closely at the international position and to decide the future of the peace process.

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