Palestinian PM urges Quartet to adopt EU conclusions on Mideast peace
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Sunday called Middle East peace mediators to adopt a European declaration setting out principles of peace between the Palestinians and Israel, Xinhua reported.
The Quartet, which is meeting in Washington Monday, should adopt the conclusions of the Council of the European Union (EU) on the Middle East peace process, Fayyad said in a statement after meeting EU parliamentarians in the West Bank.
The conclusions, announced in December 2009, "form a successful basis for the political process," Fayyad said, noting that the conclusions affirmed that Jerusalem is the capital of two states.
The conclusion also called for ending the Israeli occupation that started in 1967 and rejected any changes to the pre-1967 borders without the acceptance of concerned parties.
Adopting these conclusions by the Quartet, which is made up of the United States, Russia, the EU and the UN, "would make Europe a key player and partner in making peace and achieving stability in the region," Fayyad said.
Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians stopped last year over a dispute on the resumption of Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank.