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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Russia blocks quartet statement on 'settlement freeze'

An attempt by the United States to forge an agreement on a statement of support for the 'settlement freeze' by the 'quartet' was foiled by Russia.
Clinton proposed that the Quartet issue a joint statement of support for the Israeli decision to freeze construction. The other participants agreed and decided to let officials from each side formulate the announcement.


The proposed version called for the resumption of negotiations without preconditions so that an agreement could be reached which "would fulfill the Palestinian goal of establishing an independent, viable state, based on the 1967 borders, agreed upon exchanges [of territory], and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect the developments [which occurred on the ground] and which fulfill the Israeli security requirements."

The Russians argued that they did not agree with stating that Israel will be a Jewish State, and that the borders will be altered on the basis of "developments" on the ground, namely Israeli annexation of the large settlement blocks.

The Russians stressed that such formulation of the Quartet's text predetermines the results of the negotiations.
Anyone still wonder why the 'Palestinians' believe that they can get whatever they want in 'negotiations' and won't give anything?

Better press that 're-set button' again.


At 7:36 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Quartet is dead, too. Disagreements between the US, Russia, Europe and the UN have prevented the presentation of a common Middle East stand. In hindsight, its probably a blessing in disguise for Israel.


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