Quartet demands PA recognize Israel

Thursday, February 22, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Following talks in Berlin on Wednesday night, the Quartet reiterated the need for the Palestinian Authority to accept its principles, including recognizing Israel’s right to exist.

The Quartet is made up of the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia. The Quartet, released a statement saying it, "reaffirmed its statements regarding its support for a Palestinian government committed to nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the road map, and encouraged progress in this direction."

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he would continue talking with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas despite the inconclusive trilateral talks on Monday and the fact that the Mecca understandings between Fatah and Hamas did not accept the Quartet's benchmarks. But he said the subject of their discussion would be how to alleviate the Palestinian humanitarian crisis.

According to his office, Olmert briefed the Quartet leaders on the trilateral talks, reiterating that Israel would not recognize any PA government that didn't fulfill the Quartet's three criteria.

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