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Quartet urges parties to avoid steps that undermine peace prospects

OSLO, Thursday, November 18, 2021 (WAFA) – The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the European Union, the Russian Federation, the United States, and the United Nations underscored today the urgency of the situation and the importance of taking constructive steps to advance a two-state solution.

This call was made during an in-person Quartet meeting today in Oslo, Norway, following an important meeting of the Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee addressing the Palestinian economic situation.

The envoys said they remain deeply concerned by developments in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, including the advancement of new Israeli settlement units, the untenable fiscal crisis within the Palestinian Authority.

They highlighted the urgent need for all parties, referring to the Palestinians and Israelis, to take additional steps to address any outstanding challenges directly through fiscal and other reforms, as well as to avoid unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions and undermine the prospects for peace.

The envoys noted the pressing need to address the fragile situation in Gaza – with the support of all relevant stakeholders, including in the region – by ensuring continued humanitarian efforts and an easing of access and movement restrictions for people and goods.

The Quartet Envoys highlighted the urgency of the situation and the importance of taking constructive steps to advance a two-state solution. They further underscored the importance of respect for human rights and the actions of civil society groups.

They also agreed to work toward a resolution of the conflict and continue consultations with the parties and key regional actors.

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