Middle East Quartet Convenes in New York

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 23, 2011

Update:Background Briefing on Middle East Peace

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union Catherine Ashton released a statement after their meeting of the Middle East Quartet in New York on September 23, 2011.

Secretary Clinton said, "The United States is very pleased that the Quartet was able to issue a statement today with a concrete and detailed proposal to begin negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians without delay or preconditions.

"The Quartet proposal represents the firm conviction of the international community that a just and lasting peace can only come through negotiations between the parties. Therefore, we urge both parties to take advantage of this opportunity to get back to talks, and the United States pledges our support as the parties themselves take the important next steps for a two-state solution, which is what all of us are hoping to achieve."

The text of the Quartet Statement follows below:

The Quartet takes note of the application submitted by President Abbas on 23rd September 2011 which is now before the Security Council.

The Quartet reaffirmed its statement of 20th May 2011, including its strong support for the vision of Israeli-Palestinian peace outlined by United States President Barack Obama.

The Quartet recalled its previous statements, and affirmed its determination to actively and vigorously seek a comprehensive resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, on the basis of UN Security Council Resolutions 242, 338, 1397, 1515, 1850, the Madrid principles including land for peace, the Roadmap, and the agreements previously reached between the parties.

The Quartet reiterated its commitment to a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East and to seek a comprehensive resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and reaffirms the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative.

The Quartet reiterated its urgent appeal to the parties to overcome the current obstacles and resume direct bilateral Israeli -Palestinian negotiations without delay or preconditions. But it accepts that meeting, in itself, will not re-establish the trust necessary for such a negotiation to succeed. It therefore proposes the following steps:

1. Within a month there will be a preparatory meeting between the parties to agree an agenda and method of proceeding in the negotiation.

2. At that meeting there will be a commitment by both sides that the objective of any negotiation is to reach an agreement within a timeframe agreed to by the parties but not longer than the end of 2012. The Quartet expects the parties to come forward with comprehensive proposals within three months on territory and security, and to have made substantial progress within six months. To that end, the Quartet will convene an international conference in Moscow, in consultation with the parties, at the appropriate time.

3. There will be a Donors Conference at which the international community will give full and sustained support to the Palestinian Authority state-building actions developed by Prime Minister Fayyad under the leadership of President Abbas.

4. The Quartet recognizes the achievements of the Palestinian Authority in preparing institutions for statehood as evidenced in reports to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, and stresses the need to preserve and build on them. In this regard, the members of the Quartet will consult to identify additional steps they can actively support towards Palestinian statehood individually and together, to secure in accordance with existing procedures significantly greater independence and sovereignty for the Palestinian Authority over its affairs.

5. The Quartet calls upon the parties to refrain from provocative actions if negotiations are to be effective. The Quartet reiterated the obligations of both parties under the Roadmap.

6. The Quartet committed to remain actively involved and to encourage and review progress. The Quartet agreed to meet regularly and to task the envoys and the Quartet Representative to intensify their cooperation, including by meeting prior to the parties' preparatory meeting, and to formulate recommendations for Quartet action.



September 23, 2011

W.W. writes:

on us whom He also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified

But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

September 25, 2011

W.W. writes:

Well after all it d have made more sense to leave the room when the palestinian guy was talking not during the Iranian speech..


Virginia, USA
September 25, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

I agree with the process and progress if both sides finally come to the agreement to finally talk to each other and get resolve.

The United Nations Secruity counsil needs to start making offical arrests at the United Nations facilities when a Leader of a country addresses the committee and knowing he has been behind terrorism. They had Col. Gadaffi and turned a blind eye. Now they could of had the leader of Iran, and yet another blind eye. So what is the true value of the United Nations if they are not going to back up Security when Leaders arrive from countries, knowing they have been involved in some form of terrorism?

New Mexico, USA
September 25, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I'm just wondering what the Russian quadrent of the Quartet thinks about the musical chairs being potentially conducted in the Kremlin, bein' that Mr. M and Mr. P want to go for a little job swapping, ....(chuckle).

Well there's a political "first" for everything I guess, and just when I thought I'd about seen it all lately....,

Well now, I guess I gotta say it would be more like the VP and our President swapping jobs, than anything else one could compare to, as far as "orderly transitions" are concerned..., But hey, if being in the same job too long gets boring, the Russians have just found a cure for that, if you've got the public's confidence.

This could be a historical precedent, but as to where this may leave the future of a democratic Russia in its development I just can't say....too soon to tell probably.

I don't expect great changes in Russian foreign policy to come from it, though I think things will be interesting.

Hey, maybe we should try something different in America and have every member of Congress take turns for a week being President, that would about fill up a term I'd think....then no one could complain about how succession to office takes place in America ever again...and elections might be civil, rather than a circus once again, if they ever were.

( I could just see the Sec of State asking, "And how would you like your foreign policy implemented this week, Mr. President")...to all the members of Congress in turn,...only in her nightmares I bet.)

OK! so scratch that idea...,

But since the President is getting so much flack for his, he might just want to tell folks if they ain't willing to do his job , to either shut the hell up or become a candidate.

I mean "we the people" are going to entertain ourselves to livin' free-large; despite anyone's best efforts to stop us, whether that be Russians or Americans. We didn't kick NAZI butt together for nothing, and if by this the Russian gov. can offer the people debate on the merits of two guys who get along too well to compete against each other for office, then you have at least one political party in Russia that can get along, and we'll see if others come along eventually to offer food for thought and leadership.

In the meantime I think they have the space to create a "loyal minority" ethic in government and private sectors, one that goes to the basis of any democratic form of governance. Unless they want to keep on trading places for life,...but by then I bet retirement will sound a lot like fun.


New Mexico, USA
September 25, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Post script to thoughts on US/Russian relations;

I think it is important to draw from the lesson learned from Cyrus the Great in why his "democratic experiment" 2500 years ago in Persia didn't "take" beyond his death, and eventually split apart due to lack of institutionalized transition process.

Leaders can't lead forever, just as no one gets out of life alive.

The question might then become for some, "How am I to be remembered?", and "by whom?"

It is not enough to invent the first Postal Service or complete great public works; or to set in writing a declaration of human rights, or to liberate a people, or to be written up in a great book about these deeds,.....but only through a transition process that is favored by the confidence in/ predictability of, in its occurance, and the imput of the people into that process can a democracy be called sustainable for generation upon generation.

Then a leader can say they've left something of a living memory of lasting worth, beyond their immediate family.

And I suppose if Russians can convince themselves there's no need for some grand battle of political wills to create the Mother Russia they want, then this is as good a way to prove that a "loyal minority" is just as valid in the minds of the people, that might convince them it's ok to think and have imput into the way government runs their affairs without fear of reprisal of any kind.

Mr. M has a comments section on his official blog I believe, so I can only call that progress in this veign.

I wish the Russian people good luck with it,



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