Ashton: Quartet meeting aim to set framework for talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
July 6, 2011 - 11:00pm


European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday said that the goal at a Quartet meeting in Washington scheduled for Monday will be "to try and adopt a statement that will help the Israelis and Palestinians to bridge the gap, and allow for a return to the negotiating table." The Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators -- the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- are scheduled to meet on July 11, a senior UN diplomat said last week.


The danger of Netanyahu's new settlement policy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) June 21, 2011 - 11:00pm


A few days after he revealed his opinion that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict does not stem from a territorial dispute, and is therefore insoluble, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to implement a horrific idea necessitated by his worldview. He decided to accelerate the race to occupy additional territories in the disputed areas by thinning out the means of supervision of the settlement project authorities.


Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair: Obama anxious about Israel's fate
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
May 25, 2011 - 11:00pm


Middle East envoy Tony Blair says United States President Barack Obama launched his peace initiative because he's concerned about what might happen to Israel if Palestinians unilaterally declare statehood. Blair told an audience of business leaders gathered in central London on Thursday that Obama is "frankly worried about the position that Israel is in."


Quartet, EU back Obama plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
May 22, 2011 - 11:00pm


Members of the Middle East Quartet and the EU's foreign policy chief came out in full support of statements made by US President Barack Obama this week, urging Israel and Palestine back into direct talks. The Quartet members, including the US, EU, UN and Russia, issued a statement saying all were "in full agreement about the urgent need to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians." The body "expressed its strong support" for the vision laid out by Obama.


UN urges bold steps to relaunch Mideast peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Patrick Worsnip - April 20, 2011 - 11:00pm


The United Nations called on Thursday for "bold and decisive steps" to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the region awaits a possible new initiative by U.S. President Barack Obama. U.N. political chief Lynn Pascoe and ambassadors of key Security Council countries said it was important to break the deadlock soon as a proclaimed September deadline for reaching an agreement draws closer.


Report: Quartet may formally recognize Palestinian state if peace talks not renewed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
April 18, 2011 - 11:00pm


American and European diplomats warned that if peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are not renewed, the Quartet of Mideast peace makers may formally recognize a Palestinian state, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. The Quartet, which is comprised of the United States, United Nations, European Union, and Russia, was supposed to meet last week to discuss an initiative by Britain, France and Germany to restart stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks by proposing the outlines of a final settlement to their long conflict.


U.S. postpones Quartet meet on Israel-Palestinian peace talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
April 11, 2011 - 11:00pm


The United States blocked an initiative by Britain, France and Germany to restart stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks by proposing the outlines of a final settlement to their long conflict, United Nations diplomats and a U.S. official said Monday. The three European countries wanted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union to propose a settlement text at a meeting of the Quartet of Mideast mediators - the U.S., UN, EU and Russia - tentatively scheduled to take place Friday in Berlin on the sidelines of a NATO ministerial meeting, the diplomats said.


Next, an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Bernard Avishai - (Opinion) March 28, 2011 - 11:00pm


Last night, rejecting criticism of his actions in Libya, President Obama outlined a standard for civilized multilateralism: “Sometimes, the course of history poses challenges that threaten our common humanity and common security,” he said. “Real leadership creates the conditions and coalitions for others to step up as well; to work with allies and partners ... to see that the principles of justice and human dignity are upheld by all.” If you should act, act where you can, and act together.


Diplomats: New European proposal on Mideast peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Edith M. Lederer - March 24, 2011 - 11:00pm


Britain, France and Germany want the United Nations and the European Union to propose the outlines of a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state, U.N. diplomats said.


Diplomats: New European proposal on Mideast peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Edith M. Lederer - March 24, 2011 - 11:00pm


Britain, France and Germany want the United Nations and the European Union to propose the outlines of a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state, U.N. diplomats said.



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