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Key excerpts: Quartet's statement
Representatives from the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia - the Quartet - have met in New York and released a statement on efforts to try to find an Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Key excerpts from the statement follow.

The Quartet reaffirms its commitment to our common vision of two states, Israel and a viable, democratic, sovereign and contiguous Palestine, living side by side in peace and security; and calls on both parties to take steps to fulfill their obligations under the roadmap...

The Quartet took positive note of the announced intention of Israeli Prime Minister Sharon to withdraw from all Gaza settlements and parts of the West Bank
In that context, the Quartet urges the Government of Israel to implement its recent affirmation of its readiness to implement certain obligations under the roadmap...

The Quartet members ... view with great concern the situation in the Middle East...

The Quartet condemns the continuing terror attacks on Israel, and calls on the Palestinian Authority to take immediate action against terrorist groups and individuals who plan and execute such attacks...

They also call on the Government of Israel to take all possible steps now, consistent with Israel's legitimate security needs, to ease the humanitarian and economic plight of the Palestinian people...

The Quartet continues to note with great concern the actual and proposed route of the barrier [being built by Israel]
The Quartet notes the Government of Israel's pledge that the barrier being erected by Israel should be a security rather than political barrier, and should be temporary rather than permanent. The Quartet continues to note with great concern the actual and proposed route of the barrier...

The Quartet took positive note of the announced intention of Israeli Prime Minister Sharon to withdraw from all Gaza settlements and parts of the West Bank. The Quartet welcomes and encourages such a step, which should provide a rare moment of opportunity in the search for peace in the Middle East; and has the possibility of restarting progress on the roadmap...

The Quartet further notes that any unilateral initiatives by the Government of Israel should be undertaken in a manner consistent with the roadmap and the two-state vision that underlies the roadmap...

Any final settlement on issues such as borders and refugees must be mutually agreed to by Israelis and Palestinians
Any final settlement on issues such as borders and refugees must be mutually agreed to by Israelis and Palestinians...

The Quartet and the international community are prepared to intensify their engagement with the Palestinians to restore momentum on the roadmap... In furtherance of these goals, the Quartet will undertake the following steps...:

The Quartet will act on an urgent basis... to ensure Palestinian humanitarian needs are met, Palestinian infrastructure is restored and developed, and economic activity is reinvigorated...

The Quartet is prepared to engage with a responsible and accountable Palestinian leadership... The Quartet... will engage the Palestinians to reinvigorate the reform agenda of the roadmap, including a well-prepared and appropriately-timed electoral process...

The Quartet will seek to ensure that arrangements are put in place to ensure security for Palestinians and Israelis as well as freedom of movement and greater mobility and access for Palestinians...

The Quartet reaffirms its commitment to a just, comprehensive, and lasting settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict based upon Resolutions 242 and 338.



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