Time reaches for Israeli-Palestinian talks: Quartet
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 13 / Trend E.Kosolapova /
The appropriate time has reached for peace talks initiation between Israel and Palestine, as both sides show willingness and initiative on this issue, Quartet special envoy Tony Blair said during a meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Anadolu agency reported.
"While the region is going through promoting democracy processes, peace talks between Israel and Palestine could succeed," Blair said.
Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke off in September last year, when the Palestinians withdrew from negotiations over Israel's refusal to extend a moratorium on settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land.
The Middle East Quartet, which includes the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, is mediating the peace process between Israel and Palestine
Blair said Turkey has a very important historical role in settling regional conflicts and conducting peace negotiations.
"Turkey is a country that successfully combines Islamic law and democracy," Blair added.